Labour: MPs must reject May's Brexit deal

A Brexit expert on where Theresa May went wrong in her negotiations

A Brexit expert on where Theresa May went wrong in her negotiations

A delegation of senior Tories could ask Theresa May to resign this week after her Brexit deal was rejected by MPs by an overwhelming majority for a second time. With the Brexit deal now dead in the water, and only two weeks to go until the United Kingdom exits the EU, MPs now face two key votes this week.

Labour MP Wes Streeting pressed Sir Keir to clarify if a proposal from colleagues Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson to back Mrs May's deal with the condition that it is then put to a confirmatory public vote is "wholeheartedly supported by the Labour leadership".

"It's time that we have a general election and the people can choose who their government should be", Corbyn said on Tuesday after May suffered a humiliating 391 to 242 defeat when her Brexit deal was rejected by Parliament for a second time.

May's predecessor, David Cameron, who held the European Union referendum in an effort to unite his party which has always been sharply divided over Europe, made a rare appearance and told Sky News: "I have always supported the Prime Minister in her attempts to have a close partnership deal with Europe and she continues to have my support".

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But Tory former minister Nick Boles said this would amount to a no-deal exit and the European Union would not agree to it.

But dismissing calls from Tory MPs to embrace a no-deal exit now, Mrs May said her deal remained the best way to honour the 2016 referendum result.

Dr Wollaston added on her second referendum proposal: 'For young people in this country, they face being wheeled into the operating theatre for major constitutional, social and economic surgery based on a consent form that was signed by their grandparents almost three years ago'.

In response, May said only that there would be "hard choices" for MPs, both on the vote over no deal, and if that is ruled out, a vote on Thursday over whether to extend article 50.

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"Obviously, what needs to happen next is to rule out no-deal that would be a disaster for our country - and to seek an extension, and I'm sure that is what is going to happen next".

She said No 10 should consider giving MPs a free vote on the full range of options for the UK's relationship with the EU - including Labour's own plans for a customs union. To take no deal off the table, it is not enough to vote against no deal - you have to agree to a deal.

The North West Cambridgeshire MP said: "Given no-deal Brexit is the Government's default position, will the Prime Minister kindly inform the House she will instruct the Chancellor to make available whatever funds are required to ensure the country is as best prepared as possible in the event we do leave on a no-deal basis". It wasn't as bad as the 230 vote defeat on January 16 - the biggest in British parliamentary history - but still pretty devastating.

She will tell MPs whether she will vote for no deal or not when she opens Wednesday's debate.

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The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said the current impasse "can only be solved in the UK" and MPs must decide what they want rather than what they don't.

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