UK parliament voted down May’s Brexit plan on by 432 votes to 202, a margin of 230 – following lengthy debates on the matter. The vote was originally set to be held in mid-December, but was postponed amid fears that MP’s would reject the unpopular deal between May and Brussels.
The Brexit deal, painstakingly agreed upon with the EU by PM Theresa May last year, has ultimately flopped, as MP’s said a firm no. The failure brings even more uncertainty to the fate of May’s cabinet and the whole Brexit process.
The British people are now in for a horrific roller-coaster ride.
The orchestrated delay failed to prompt any meaningful changes to aid the PM’s cause, as it was ultimately rejected by parliament. The development comes just 10 weeks before the UK is set to leave the EU, bringing even more uncertainty to the already turbulent Brexit process.
May had earlier warned that a no-deal scenario made the prospect of united Ireland, independent Scotland and ultimate breakup of the UK more likely. She called a no-deal scenario “the real threat to our union.”
Standing to speak directly after May, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister had suffered a “catastrophic defeat” and immediately tabled that motion of no confidence in her leadership.
The Irish government said it regretted the outcome of the vote in the British parliament and urged London to set out how it proposes to move forward with Brexit.
Referring to the backstop, Dublin said it recalled the “clear position” of the EU that May’s withdrawal agreement was not open for renegotiation.
May will probably survive a no-confidence vote on Wednesday for her to finish the mess left behind what she has started.
ABC Flash Point News 2019.