Brexit: How Scottish Tory MPs voted on Theresa May’s deal

Evarado Alatorre
Marcha 13, 2019

Charles Walker, vice chairman of the 1922 Committee of backbench Tory MPs, said defeat in Tuesday evening's meaningful vote would lead to a general election.

There are two immediate next steps: MPs will be asked to vote on Wednesday whether the United Kingdom should leave with or without an agreement. Given the size of the prime minister's defeat yesterday, as well the EU's opposition to rolling calls for delay from the United Kingdom, some may believe a longer delay is necessary to give the United Kingdom enough space to agree its next steps.

Labour MPs were previously whipped to oppose a no deal Brexit in January when they helped narrowly pass the Spelman amendment, a non-binding motion calling for the scenario to be ruled out.

The issue of when, if and how the United Kingdom leaves the European Union remained up in the air after MPs on Tuesday rejected the withdrawal agreement sewed by Prime Minister Theresa May over almost three years after the 2016 referendum.

Brexit is set to happen on 29 March.

"The Prime Minister has said over 100 times that no deal is better than a bad deal".

It's tough to say exactly what was priced in for this vote but I would peg it around 240 votes in favour.

Pressed on Labour's position on a second referendum she said: 'We have not ruled out a People's Vote but our priority is securing a deal'.

Corbyn also called on the lawmakers to reject the new version of the deal during the vote that is scheduled to take place later in the day.

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Jeremy Corbyn said "maybe it's time we had a general election".

"And people in the Borders are exhausted of the constant debate about Brexit and just want our country to move on".

He is among a group of MPs that have tabled an amendment calling for a short extension to Brexit to May 22, and for a "standstill" agreement lasting until the end of 2021 during which time the United Kingdom would observe European Union rules while a trade deal is negotiated. Voting against leaving without a deal and for an extension does not solve the problems we face.

"She's failed at negotiating, she's failed at her first attempt at a deal to persuade her own colleagues to vote for it".

Pro-EU Labour Cardiff Central MP Jo Stevens said: "You've got to wonder what more [Theresa May] could try and do".

"It is not what I want to see happen.

Once again, she's putting her party's interests ahead of the public interest", a Labour spokesman said in a statement.

Two of Wales' eight Tory MPs voted against the deal - Guto Bebb and David Jones - while the rest backed it.

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