Theresa May faces motion of no confidence after sound defeat on Brexit deal

EU Commission urges UK to clarify its intentions as soon as possible as Art 50 cock keeps ticking

Eva González London (UK), 15 January, 2019

Jeremy Corbyn (President of the Labour Party) has put down a motion of no confidence in the Government as a result of the victory of the no vote on the EU withdrawal agreement signed by Theresa May’s Government and the European Union in order to provide for a framework to further define the future relations between the UK and the EU after Brexit.

The no confidence motion will be debated and voted on tomorrow, Wednesday 16th January 2019 in the evening, after 7:00 pm.
If the no confidence motion is successful, there will be 14 days for a new government to be formed.
If a new government cannot be formed within the mentioned period Parliament will be dissolved and a General Election will be scheduled.
If the no confidence motion fails Theresa May has till Monday to present a new B plan to the Parliament.

The House of Commons not only rejected May’s Brexit deal

May’s Government propposed agreement with the EU establishing the framework for establishing an orderly exit of the UK from the EU just received 202 yes votes, against 432 no votes (see the break down of votes in the graphic provided below).

Break down of House of Commons vote on May’s Brexit deal. © UK House of Commons

“The results of tonight are the greatest defeat for a Government since the 1920’s in this house. This is a catastrophic defeat for this government. After two years of failed negotiations, the House of Commons has delivered its veredict on her Brexit deal and this veredict is absolutely decisive” Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the oposition)said and he continued “…No deal must be taken of the table, a permante customs union must be secured, and peoples’ rights and protections must be guaranteed, so they do not fall behind. At every turn Prime Minister has closed the door on dialogue…”.

Jeremy Corbyn (Leader of the Kabour Party and of the opposition). Caption from the official video of the Meaningful vote session (15th January 2019) at the House of Commons. The video has been provided by the same House of Commons for publishing on Eastwind channels at Eastwind online request.

Referring to negotiating a permanent customs union Corbin underscored “Trade Unions pressed her for the same thing and they were ignored”…Corbyn concluded: “The Prime Minsiter has lost the confidence of this house and this country I Therefore, Mr.Speaker inform you that I’ve now tabled a motion of no confidence in this Government and I am pleased this motion will be debated tomorrow”.

Juncker urges UK to clarify its intentions on Brexit as soon as possible

Jean Claude Juncker said in an official communication published just after the agreement on Brexit had been rejected by UK House of Commons: “The risk of a disorderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom has increased with this evening’s vote. While we do not want this to happen, the European Commission will continue its contingency work to help ensure the EU is fully prepared.

“I urge the United Kingdom to clarify its intentions as soon as possible.

Time is almost up.”

Left to right.- Michel Barnier (EU Commission head negotiator for Brexit), Jean Claude Juncker (President EU Commission) and Donald Tusk (President EU Council) on 25th November 2018. © EU Council.

29th March (the date marked in the Art. 50 proces for the exit of the UK from the European Union with or without agreement) and EU Parliement elections are around the corner. Having this in mind, Yvette Cooper (Labour MP for Normanton) asked MR Speaker to advice the House on what they might be able do for the sake of bussinesses and people and jobs accross the country to urge the PM Theresa May to seek an immediate extension of the Article 50.

Left: Yvette Cooper (Labour MP for Normanton. Right: Ian Blackford (Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Ross.Both images are captions from the official video of the Meaningful vote session (15th January 2019) at the House of Commons. The video has been provided by the same House of Commons for publishing on Eastwind channels at Eastwind online request.

Ian Blackford (Scottish National Party Member of Parliament for Ross) asked for a new referendum: “It is clear the clock is ticking. The Government needs to secure the safety of all our nations and should immediately postpone the Article 50 process and should immediately have talks with all the leaders of the opposition parties. Let’s work together in all our interests, listen to the voices that are not supportive this deal…The ovious thing to do, the right thing to do is suspend Article 50 proof test to the people and our peoples vote.”

May is still decided to deliver Brexit in case the motion of no confidence fails.

Blackford advanced that his party will support the no confidence motion triggered by Corbyn in May’s Conservative Government.

Meanwhile not only the rights and interests of Brittish nationals, workers and companies but those of EU citizens, employees, enterprises and business are under risk due to this situation of uncertainty.

Eastwind will keep on informing…

Image over the headline.- Theresa May (PM of the UK). Caption from the official video of the Meaningful vote session (15th January 2019) at the House of Commons. The video has been provided by the same House of Commons for publishing on Eastwind channels at Eastwind online request.

Related Eastwind links:

Watch May’s and Corbyn’s speeches and the results of the Meaningful Vote on Brexit deal at the House of Commons on 15th January 2019 (video)

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Related external links:

EU official communication on Brexit deal rejection by UK Parliament -signed by Jean Claude Juncker (President of the EU Commission)-

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