House of Commons: No Deal for May’s Government on Brexit
UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s voice was so hoarse she could barely be understood, a glaringly obvious metaphor for the growing chaos building to the March 29th Brexit deadline. The latest version of a Brexit deal was soundly defeated, 242 in favor to 391 against, in the House of Commons Tuesday evening.
May: "I profoundly regret the decision that this House has taken tonight. I continue to believe that by far the best outcome is that the United Kingdom leave the European Union in an orderly fashion…The deal we've negotiated is the best and indeed the only deal available." pic.twitter.com/783YD23Nlj
— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2019
Earlier Tuesday, May warned lawmakers that if they voted down her deal, “Brexit could be lost,” implying that Britain could end up remaining in the European, despite voting to leave in the referendum of 2016.
The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, echoed those warnings Monday night, claiming that there would be “no third chance” in the negotiations and “it is this deal, or Brexit might not happen at all.”
It looks increasingly likely that Brexit will be delayed. On Wednesday, lawmakers will vote on whether to leave the EU on the March 29 deadline with “no deal,” which is unlikely given that most politicians believe it will be hugely damaging for the British economy.
If they vote against “no deal,” another vote will take place on Thursday, where MPs will vote on whether to ask the EU to delay Brexit for the time being.
Losing the crunch vote represents a significant blow for the government’s Brexit plans — and could have significant implications for May’s future as prime minister.
One lawmaker from May’s own Conservative party told the BBC earlier Tuesday that if they lost the vote he could not see how the government could continue in office.
“I think there will have to be a general election,” senior Member of Parliament Charles Walker said. “Because this parliament now looks very much like a failing parliament… I can’t see really how this government can continue in office [after losing].”