PM completely isolated as MPs vote against no deal Brexit

The House of Common's has voted to reject a no deal Bexit, leaving Theresa May isolated after she suffered a series of humiliating defeats.

The Prime Minister reportedly whipped against her motion to rule out no deal after it was amended, however even senior cabinet ministers David Mundell and Amber Rudd refused to take her instructions.

MP's voted against leaving without a deal "forever" by over 40 votes.

Her "renegotiated" deal was rejected by MPs on Tuesday, leading to tonights vote on whether the government should move forward with the UK's exit from the EU without a deal on 29 March.

As well as the support of the House of Commons, the PM has also lost her voice, and the debate was opened instead by Brexiteer Michael Gove.

Responding to the vote in Westminster, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "In the past 24 hours, Parliament has decisively rejected both [the Prime Minister's] deal and no deal.

"While an extension of article 50 is now inevitable, responsibility for that extension lies solely and squarely at the Prime Minister’s door. However, extending article 50 without a clear objective is not a solution. Parliament must now take back control of the situation."

The Labour benches voted overwhelmingly for the motion to prevent a no deal Brexit, with only two voting against including the hard Brexiteer Kate Hoey.

The right wing Tory grouping which supports a hard brexit, including Jacob Rees Mogg and Scottish Tory MP Ross Thomson voted against the motion. The only other Scottish Tory MP to vote against was John Lamont.

Even May loyalist David Mundell could not bring himself to follow the Prime Ministers instructions to vote against, instead choosing to abstain, a move which prompted fierce calls for his resignation.

Shadow Scottish Secretary Lesley Laird said in response: “This is an absolute abdication of duty. Last night David Mundell proclaimed that he would vote to take no deal off of the table but he appears to have caved under pressure.

“No deal is an economic and social calamity for our country. If he is not sacked, he should resign for the simple reason that his party thought it was a good idea to inflict that on the Scottish people.”

MPs will debate on Thursday whether the government should request an extension to Article 50 from the EU, however what will follow this vote is looking increasingly unclear as the EU have ruled out any renegotiation. 

Theresa May confirmed that if the House was unable to support only a short, "technical", extension in order to support her deal, then it was likely Brexit could be postponed in the longer term as the country tries to find a way forward.

Cabinet ministers were reportedly seen running from parliament after the vote, and Theresa May left the Commons to cries of "resign".

The BBC's political editor Laura Kuenssberg said in response to the events that she had, "never actually seen anything like what's happened tonight."

The government further angered parliament after Theresa May said that the vote was not completely binding, and did not overule existing statutory legislation which sets the date for exit. 

However political watchers admitted it was unlikely May would be able to ignore parliament, given how little support she enjoys even within her own government. 

 

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