Four lessons of Theresa May's third Brexit defeat
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 30, 2019,
Mar 30, 2019, 18:53
"This must be the final defeat for Theresa May's deal".
By contrast, the 650-seat lower house of parliament has voted overwhelmingly against a no-deal Brexit although its view is non-binding.
European Council president Donald Tusk has called for an emergency meeting on April 10 in the wake of the vote.
In Brussels, the European Commission, the EU's executive branch, said it regrets the negative vote in the House of Commons and now the default Brexit date is April 12.
Friday was meant to be the day the United Kingdom left the bloc after more than 40 years of membership and nearly three years of wrangling over the divorce.
The pound fell as much as half a percent to $1.2977 after the vote before rebounding.
Others chanted, "This country has turned into a dictatorship" and "we want our Brexit back".
That move seems to have worked to a certain degree; a number of conservative MPs who were previously opposed to the deal have signalled that they may be willing to now support it.
The politician who portrayed herself as a safe pair of hands when she rose to power in 2016 in the aftermath of Brexit has all but lost control after mishandling every twist and turn of the process.
"One is the inherent contradiction in asking parliament to carry out an ill-conceived referendum when a majority of the legislators, and the prime minister, were never in favour of Brexit".
If lawmakers back a new proposal, Britain would need to seek a new delay to Brexit from the bloc to implement it.
May's deal, agreed with the European Union in November, was rejected by 230 votes on January 15 and by 149 votes on March 12 so she needs to bring at least 75 lawmakers over, while losing none, to get it over the line.
In the medium to long term, the lasting impact of a no-deal Brexit will depend on how the two sides manage the chaos after Brexit and what new bilateral agreements look like. Otherwise, it is a No-deal Brexit, as tough as that would be. "Sectoral mini-deals are not an option".
On Monday, lawmakers will try to agree on an alternative Brexit plan.
Theresa May stressed that any longer extension would need to have a clear objective and would have to be agreed unanimously by all the European Union heads of state ahead of 12 April.
"All eyes are now on Monday to discover what Parliament is for", said Josh Hardie, director-general of the Confederation of British Industry.
The 2016 referendum revealed a United Kingdom divided over much more than European Union membership, and has provoked impassioned debate about everything from secession and immigration to capitalism, empire and what it means to be British.
For two years, March 29 has been the deadline for Brexit. Even though it was defeated she will still face huge pressure to resign, paving the way for a Conservative Party leadership contest. "She must then bow out, for the sake of Brexit, for her party and for democracy itself", the newspaper said in an editorial column.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets of London on Saturday in a "Put it to the People" protest - the country's largest since the Iraq war.
"What should have been a celebration is in fact a day of betrayal", Farage told Reuters. "Brexit diminishes both the European Union and the U.K". "So I guess I'd say if you're going to hold a second referendum and 'remain" wins, they ought to hold a third referendum and call it best two out of three", Bolton stressed. Another said: "Parliament? A hive of scum and villainy".
Despite having won over some prominent Brexit supporters in the days leading up to the vote, May failed to bring Democratic Unionist Party MPs and members from opposition parties on board, which ultimately led to her defeat.
Robinson led the crowd in singing Rule Britannia.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he backed that idea andcalled for Mrs May to quit. "Yet they're on track to deliver either the most disruptive form of Brexit possible, or no Brexit at all".
Protesters later clashed with police and several were arrested.
Numerous day's marchers predicted the political elite will be punished if it fails to fully sever ties with Brussels.
"It doesn't change the parliamentary maths and MPs when they've voted consistently haven't been able to come to a conclusion on anything".