Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Brexit Deal Defeated
Theresa May's Brexit deal has gone down in flames, 242 yeas, 391 nays.
The prime minister announced there'll be a vote tomorrow on a "hard Brexit" - to leave at the end of the month with no agreement. May said it will be a free vote. That would probably isolate the hard Brexit camp. Most MPs seem to find leaving the EU without some deal intolerable.
If that vote is successful it's expected to lead to a follow-on motion to postpone leaving, an extension of Article 50.
May is now raising alternatives - to rescind Article 50 (no Brexit), hold another referendum or try to negotiate another deal with the European Union.
Corbyn seems to want a negotiated customs union or a snap election.
The Scottish National Party has brought a motion that would see Scotland empowered to become an "independent member of the EU."
Speaker Bercow is at his best. MPs seem deflated, worried.