LONDON (Reuters) – Prime Minister Theresa Might’s authorities confronted a no confidence vote on Wednesday after the crushing defeat of her Brexit divorce deal by parliament left Britain’s exit from the European Union in disarray simply 10 weeks earlier than it is because of depart.
Prime Minister Theresa Might sits down in Parliament after the vote on Might’s Brexit deal, in London, Britain, January 15, 2019 on this screengrab taken from video. Reuters TV through REUTERS
Lawmakers voted 432-202 in opposition to her deal, the worst defeat in trendy British historical past, triggering political chaos that might result in a disorderly exit from the EU and even to a reversal of the 2016 determination to go away.
With the clock ticking right down to March 29, the date set in legislation for Brexit, the UK is now within the deepest political disaster in half a century because it grapples with how, and even whether or not, to exit the European mission it joined in 1973.
After the primary British parliamentary defeat of a treaty since 1864, opposition Labour Get together chief Jeremy Corbyn referred to as a vote of no confidence in Might’s authorities, to be held at 1900 GMT on Wednesday.
The small Northern Irish DUP social gathering which props up Might’s minority authorities and refused to again the deal mentioned it will stand behind Might within the no-confidence vote. Professional-Brexit Conservatives additionally mentioned they’d help her.
“I’ve little question that the prime minister will win that after which she will deal with making an attempt to thrash out one thing with the EU and parliamentarians,” James Cleverly, a lawmaker and deputy chairman of the Conservative social gathering, advised Reuters.
“My concern is that parliament may lose its head and put the entire Brexit course of in danger, which I feel could be a catastrophic error,” mentioned Cleverly who helps Brexit.
Germany, essentially the most highly effective member of the EU, referred to as for brand spanking new talks between Britain and the bloc, whose leaders warned of the dire penalties of a no-deal Brexit that enterprise leaders concern will sow chaos by means of provide chains throughout Europe and past.
Labour’s finance minister-in-waiting, John McDonnell, mentioned Might may ultimately get a deal by means of parliament if she negotiated a compromise together with his social gathering.
That also leaves Brexit up within the air. Might’s humiliating loss appeared to catastrophically undermine her two-year technique of forging an amicable divorce with shut ties to the EU after the March 29 exit.
Sterling jumped by greater than a cent in opposition to the U.S. greenback on information of Might’s defeat on Tuesday and was holding near that stage on Wednesday.
Ever since Britain voted by 52-48 p.c to go away the EU in a referendum in June 2016, the political class has been debating the way to depart the European mission cast by France and Germany after the devastation of World Conflict Two.
Whereas the nation is split over EU membership, most agree the world’s fifth largest financial system is at a crossroads and its decisions over Brexit will form the prosperity of future generations for years to return.
Different members of the EU, which mixed has about six instances the financial may of the UK, referred to as for dialogue however indicated there was little probability of elementary change to the deal Might had negotiated.
Germany’s Overseas Minister Heiko Maas mentioned there was not a lot time left to discover a Brexit answer and that “the time for enjoying video games is now over.”
He advised broadcaster Deutschlandfunk there wanted to be new talks between Britain and the EU, including that ultimately the difficulty of a backstop answer for the border between Northern Eire and the Republic of Eire wanted to be mentioned.
EU Fee President Jean-Claude Juncker mentioned a disorderly Brexit was extra probably whereas Donald Tusk, the chairman of EU leaders, instructed Britain ought to now think about reversing Brexit altogether.
Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage mentioned Britain was most likely heading for a delay and a one other vote on EU membership.
“I feel and I concern that we’re headed on a path in the direction of delay and possibly, sure, a second vote,” Farage mentioned.
Financial institution of England Governor Mark Carney speaks to lawmakers in parliament’s Treasury Committee on Wednesday.
If parliament did vote that it had no confidence in Might’s authorities, there’s a 14-day grace interval by which to cross an act of confidence in a brand new authorities.
If there isn’t any vote of confidence in that new authorities, then a brand new election should be held inside about 17 working days, based on the Institute of Authorities.
Writing by Man Faulconbridge; Enhancing by Andrew Cawthorne