Brexit roundup: How is British media reacting to May's defeat?

France is ramping up preparations for a worst-case, no-deal Brexit scenario, the presidency added.

The stinging 149-vote defeat stripped away May's control over the course of Brexit and handed it to Parliament, which is divided about what to do next.

MPs will now vote on Wednesday on the prospect of leaving the European Union without a deal, and potentially then on whether to extend the process beyond 29 March.

"Leaving with no deal would mean significant disruption in the short and medium term and a smaller, less prosperous economy in the long term, than if we leave with a deal", Hammond told parliament. "That is the question that has to be answered before a decision on a possible further extension". Do they want to revoke Article 50 entirely? "That could mean moving to a Brexit that does not meet the expectations of those who voted to leave or even moving to a second referendum". But following this latest rejection of her Brexit deal, it is hard to see what she can do next or why she would even want to go to all the effort.

Ms Sturgeon also said that "in the fullness of time" Scots should be offered a choice as to whether to "carry on down this disastrous path with the UK" or "prosper and succeed with independence". Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte tweeted that he was "pleased with the agreement", adding: "An orderly #Brexit is crucial for both the European Union and the UK".

Anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray, center, protests outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of a second major vote on the government's Brexit deal. Labour saw success in the 2017 snap election by having a Schrodinger's Brexit policy - appearing more europhile than the Conservatives while officially supporting leaving the EU.

Whatever Parliament decides this week, it won't end Britain's Brexit crisis.

The fate of the EU withdrawal agreement remained uncertain after Prime Minister Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker secured legally-binding and mutually acceptable changes in a last-minute meeting before Tuesday's key vote. Like the Withdrawal Agreement itself, it can not simply be agreed in principle but must be implemented through legislation.

This suggests to us the Brexit deal still has a pulse, and the development is therefore on balance positive for the British Pound.

The Northern Ireland party, which props up May's minority administration in the Commons, said its 10 MPs would vote against the latest deal as "sufficient progress has not been achieved at this time".

Opponents to Mrs May's deal say the backstop - an insurance policy to avoid extensive border checks in Ireland after Brexit - could lock the United Kingdom in the bloc's trade rules for ever.

This option is likely to prove popular, since politicians on both sides of the Brexit debate fear time is running out to secure an orderly withdrawal by March 29.

In November past year, the European Union approved May's Brexit deal but her agreement with the bloc was unceremoniously rejected by members of her own party, as well as the opposition.

Opposition to the backstop from pro-Brexit British lawmakers is the main reason the deal has been defeated in Parliament. "If we don't check out tonight, we may never leave", tweeted Conservative legislator Bob Seely. Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour Party, has been careful not to endorse the so-called "People's Vote" campaign and instead always words his second referendum plan as a second public vote.

Rees-Mogg's signature was appended to the document alongside Baker's, although apparently not in his own hand, alongside that of other prominent Brexiteers including former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith - but the involvement of equally prominent Remainers including Nicky Morgan and Mrs May's former right-hand man Damian Green may give many Brexit supporters pause for thought about the scheme.

The Daily Express describes it as a "fresh shattering blow" for the PM that leaves Brexit "almost certain" to be postponed past March 29.

  • Leroy Wright