09.01.2019 | May suffers humiliating defeat on shock amendment - exit plan in tatters
Source - The Daily Express
Should the Prime Minister lose the meaningful vote on Tuesday, she will have to come back before MPs and explain her next steps within three days. The amendment was controversially allowed by Speaker John Bercow who faced accusations of over his impartiality by leading Brexiteers. It had been tabled by rebel Tories who are plotting to delay Brexit or keep the UK in the EU in the event of a no-deal. The amendment was passed by 308 votes to 297, with a majority of 11.
Meanwhile the UK will have to delay Brexit if Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement is voted down by MPs next week, Austria’s Chancellor has said.
Sebastian Kurz's comment came as the Prime Minister lost a cross-party challenge which has cornered her into fast-tracking a Brexit Plan B if she loses the meaningful vote.
Mr Kurz believes the March 29 deadline may be too soon and the British government will have to plead with the European Union to extend Article 50 in order to sound out other options.
Europe's youngest leader added it was too still too soon to consider the scenario however the 32-year-old was speaking before Theresa May was dealt the huge Commons blow.
Mr Kurz said: “At the moment, it's all about doing everything to secure passage in the UK Parliament and the European Parliament.
“If that doesn't happen, then we would need to consider this option, but now it's too early."
The Prime Minister is now under immense pressure as she is widely expected to see her Withdrawal Agreement defeated next week.
Last night Theresa May suffered her fourth defeat in as many weeks as her grip on Brexit continued to slip.
A three-line whip was broken by 20 of the Prime Minister own MPs, including seven former cabinet ministers, who defied Theresa May and voted to restrict her powers if Britain leaves the EU without a deal.
With just 79 days to go until Brexit day - March 29 - Sir Oliver told MPs the group of rebels will thwart every attempt to leave the EU without a deal.
Sir Oliver said: “I want to make it abundantly clear that a majority in this house will not allow a no-deal exit to occur at the end of March.”