Brexit: Theresa May gives Downing Street statement

Brexit: Theresa May gives Downing Street statement

There is a long way to go to bring Britain back together after the divisive 2016 Brexit referendum, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday, calling on lawmakers to back her government in a confidence vote so she could finish the job. May's plan was rejected by 432 votes to 202, with some 100 conservative MPs joining the opposition in voting it down, in the biggest defeat for a sitting PM in United Kingdom history. "Jeremy Corbyn (labour leader) has registered the offer of no confidence in the government on the results of the historic defeat of the agreement Theresa may", reads the message on the official Twitter account of the party.

Still, most analysts predict May will survive because her Conservative Party and the Democratic Unionist Party, which supports it, are expected to vote against the motion.

Speaking outside 10 Downing Street after the voting, May said the government has won the confidence of Parliament.

While May's Downing Street statement was meant to be about reassuring the population that someone was in charge at a time of political crisis, there was a partisan edge to her words.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper last night published a leaked transcript of a phone call from the UK Finance Minister, Philip Hammond, to business leaders in which he pledged what he called the "threat" of no deal Brexit would be taken off the table over the coming days, and also raised the prospect of rescinding Article 50, the statutory process which sets the March 29th deadline for Britain to leave the EU.

Corbyn has been on offensive against May since her Brexit plan's crushing defeat in the Commons on Tuesday.

Faced with the deadlock, lawmakers from all parties are trying to wrest control of the Brexit process so that Parliament can direct planning for Britain's departure.

This was reported by the deputies during discussion in the House of Commons of the British Parliament.




Brexit supporters anticipate some short-term economic pain but say Britain will then thrive if cut loose from what they cast as a doomed experiment in German-dominated unity. "We will use every parliamentary mechanism to prevent a no deal".

Economists warn that an abrupt break with the European Union could batter the British economy and bring chaos at borders, ports and airports.

Investors appeared to shrug off both the rejection of May's deal and welcomed the survival of her government.

Backbench Labour MPs ratcheted up the pressure on Mr Corbyn after Mrs May came through the no confidence vote unscathed.

May's deal was doomed by deep opposition from both sides of the divide over the U.K.'s place in Europe.

The most contentious section was an insurance policy known as the "backstop" created to prevent the reintroduction of border controls between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an European Union member state.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said it was now up to opponents of the backstop "to come up with an alternative solution to honour their commitment to avoiding a hard border".

McDonnell said it is increasingly likely that the government will have to ask for a extension to the formal process of leaving the European Union, which is known as Article 50.

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