Humiliating night for Prime Minister Theresa May as MPs reject no-deal Brexit

Theresa May suffered a further two humiliating defeats in the space of half-an-hour in votes on her Brexit plans.

Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 7:25 pm
Updated Wednesday, 13th March 2019, 7:28 pm
Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

With just 16 days to go until the United Kingdom was due to leave the European Union, MPs voted to reject leaving without a withdrawal agreement.

The government’s original motion only ruled out leaving without a deal on March 29 – but an amendement put forward by Labour’s Yvette Cooper was approved by 312 to 308.

Prime Minister Theresa May. Picture: John Stillwell/PA Wire

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The then amended motion, ruling out leaving the EU with no deal, was then approved by 321 to 278 – a majority of 43.

None of the votes are legally-binding decision and it does not rule out the UK leaving the EU but a number Tory ministers rebelled against the whip to vote for the amendment.

A further vote will be held tomorrow on whether to extend Article 50 to allow a deal to be passed in the government.