David Cameroon resigned in July 2016 when he could not convince the British people to remain in the European Union. Now, Teresa May who stepped in to lead them to an exit scheduled for March 29, 2019, suffered what the media called ‘crushing defeat’ in Parliament when they lawmakers voted against the deal she suffered for over a year to reach with the EU in Brussels.
A vote of no confidence motion by Labour Party followed but the lawmakers narrowly rejected the motion. Experts said the lawmakers were not ready for fresh elections that would have been made inevitable by a defeat.
Despite the escape, observers say May may face resignation in the coming months if the Brexit turns out more sad. For now, the rejection of her package means she must come up with a better deal but the EU says it will not rush into helping Britain with a new deal. Brussels said the ball is still in the UK court.
Can May kick the ball out or sink? What deal can she present in four days time to please the UK parliament and Brussels at the same time? Further crisis may force another vote of no confidence and call for elections as Cameroon tried to do. What is clear for now is that Britain wants to go but is not ready to take the any punishments. The danger is that Britain may just walk out of the EU without a deal.
Labour’s motion of no confidence in the government is defeated by a majority of 19. In total, 306 MPs voted in favour, and 325 MPs voted against. Theresa May announced, on a point…
British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday face a confidence vote after MPs overwhelmingly rejected her deal to leave the European Union, leaving Britain with no plan as it hurtles towards Brexit on March 29.
May suffered the largest government defeat in modern British history on Tuesday night when the House of Commons rejected by 432 votes to 202 the withdrawal agreement she struck with Brussels late last year.
The EU immediately warned that the vote raises the risk of a hugely disruptive “no deal” Brexit where Britain could sever ties with its biggest trading partner overnight.
European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker urged London to “clarify its intentions as soon as possible”, warning: “Time is almost up.”
Ireland, the only EU member state with a land border with Britain, said it would now intensify preparations for a “disorderly Brexit”.
May struck a conciliatory tone after the vote, promising cross-party talks to try and salvage a workable Brexit deal before returning with a new plan next Monday.
She expects to win the confidence vote scheduled for around 1900 GMT on Wednesday night.
It was tabled by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who wants to force a general election.
While her own Conservative MPs and her allies in Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) have led the charge against her Brexit deal, they do not want a Labour government