British MPs vote in favour of changing PM May's Brexit deal

Damian Hinds

Damian Hinds

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday that a vote in parliament is a chance to draw a line under divisions that have prevented parliament approving a Brexit deal and is an opportunity to show the European Union what lawmakers do want.

"If the prime minister indicates in the debate that she will be pressing Brussels to reopen the WA [Withdrawal Agreement] to make changes to the backstop, I will gladly support the Brady amendment", former foreign secretary and prominent Brexit supporter Boris Johnson said on Twitter.

Tuesday's vote is not an endorsement of that plan, just an acknowledgement that she told MPs about it.

She said it was a chance to "tell Brussels that the current nature of the backstop is the key reason Parliament can not support this deal".

He added: "I want to, for my part, strengthen the hand of this Prime Minister and this Government in returning to Brussels and I believe that there are a range of changes that would render the Withdrawal Agreement and in particular the backstop acceptable to myself, but also more generally across this House". "The best way to ensure an orderly withdrawal is to ratify this Agreement".

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European Union leaders have repeatedly urged Britain to clarify what kind of Brexit it wants and are watching to see which proposals - if any - get the backing of Parliament.

"The overriding theme in all the no-deal planning is civil disobedience and the fear that it will lead to death in the event of food and medical shortages", a source told the newspaper.

The Democratic Unionist Party, the Northern Irish party that props up May's minority government but opposes her deal, said the contents of May's speech to lawmakers on Tuesday will determine whether it will support the amendment.

The Cooper amendment was meant to create parliamentary time for MPs to legislate to prevent no deal.

Members of Parliament rejected Labour MP Yvette Cooper's amendment, which was aimed at enabling the House of Commons to vote on blocking a no-deal Brexit, also known as a hard Brexit.

Weyand said the ratification of the EU-UK deal would build the trust necessary to build a new relationship, but ruled out bowing to British calls to set a time limit to the backstop beyond which the insurance policy would lapse.

But Mrs May's hopes of reopening the Withdrawal Agreement struck with the European Union last November were dealt a blow by French President Emmanuel Macron, who described it as "not renegotiable".

The 318 to 310 vote went against Prime Minister Theresa May, who says the only way to take a so-called no deal Brexit off the table is to vote in favour of an agreement with the EU.

With exactly two months left until Britain is due by law to leave the European Union, parliament was trying to find a way forward by voting on different amendments, though none of the first four that were voted on were approved.

"Whatever happens in the votes that follow it has now become inevitable that the government will have to extend Article 50 in any scenario", said Corbyn.

But Sarah Wollaston, a pro-EU Conservative, dismissed the plan as "fantasy Brexit".

But what will come first is the vote in the Commons, and Mrs May appealed for the backing of the "Brady" amendment as the next step, saying it would "give the mandate I need to negotiate with Brussels an arrangement that commands a majority in this House - not a further exchange of letters, but a significant and legally binding change to the withdrawal agreement".

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