#B31JustRead: Brexit: Theresa May’s deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been rejected by 230 votes – the largest defeat for a sitting government in history.

MPs voted by 432 votes to 202 to reject the deal, which sets out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU on 29 March.

Read the full article on BBC News Here


  1. It’s shocking after more than two years of pandering to the ERG that May and her ministers are claiming they don’t already know what it’d take to get an agreement through parliament and with the EU 27.

  2. Am i the only one who feels like they are watching religious cults arguing their personal beliefs based on their own intuition,rather than the interests of what best for the whole country?

    The ardent Remainers seem hell bent on a “peoples vote” with remain as an option again and the ardent Leavers seem hell bent on a WTO no deal exit. ,

    Neither of the ardent view of each side represents the narrow 52%-48% referendum result or any of the compromises we were told each side would have to make.

  3. How disingenuous of Theresa May to suggest a second referendum would threaten Britain’s “social cohesion” without also recognising and acknowledging that the WTO and her deal,also hold the same risk to social cohesion.

    It’s not a second referendum vote per se, that will threaten social cohesion,it’s the options she wishes to give voters,as much as it the options she wishes not to put…

  4. Don’t think it’ll get a majority but Chris Bryant’s amendment to stop a third meaningful vote on Mrs May’s deal will be interesting tonight and whether the DUP and ERG Tories vote for it or not.

  5. The only truth May has uttered, and it’s as true today as it was two years ago is “nothing has changed” its also a true today as it was before,during and after the referendum that there was never a “better deal” possible or available than the one we have.

    Farage,Gove,Boris,Hannen,Davies and Mogg had varying idea’s what leaving meant but they all claimed we could still have all the benefits of single market and the customs union access when we left.They even accused Cameron, Osbourne and other remainers of project fear when they said we’d lose those benefits,and not one of them mentioned Ireland or our commitments to the Good Friday agreement..

    This week now sees the perverse prospect of ardent leaver MP’S,who for months have said and held the beliefs that”no deal is better than a bad deal” are now willing to vote for May’s withdrawal agreement,despite voting against it twice because that “remaining in the EU,is better than May’s bad deal that would leave us a vassal state”.

    If i’d have voted leave i’d be furious that those leave MP’s had lied to me and sold me a pup and that i they thought i was gullible enough to believe the crap they are still feeding the country.

    Anything other than staying in the EU was going to make the country and community’s economically and politically poorer,so when we do leave it needs to be the least damaging,without the need for the UK to become a regulated tax haven, were farming and industrial manufacturing will be decimated by cheap imports and higher tariffs on exports,as predicted by the pro leave economist Patrick Minford who claimed when asked about the future of the UK car industry that
    “You are going to have to run it down … in the same way we ran down the coal industry and steel industry. These things happen.”

  6. I think the realty is politicians are more concerned about towing the party line than following their conscience and abiding what the majority of their constituents wanted from the referendum vote.

    As a Remainer I find all this rather bemusing and hugely unsettling. This is not democracy but political expediency.

    Never trust an MP!

  7. Not all MP’s have tied to sell the public snake oil,only a third of the Tory party(and a handful of labour) claimed we’d get a better deal with all the same benefit’s of being in the customs union and single market as we had now,they also said we’d hardly notice,if anyone challenged that view, they were accused of project fear.,

    Governments in the past have accidentally crashed the economy,but non has ever proposed and set out purposely to do it by introducing trade barriers and tariffs to a market of 550 million people,where at the minute there is non. Not one MP campaigned to erect trade barriers,tariff’s,disruption and red tape..why would they, that would be economic madness,what type of lunatic would vote for that?

    it’d be like Jeff Bazos closing the amazon website down to go sell door to door or mail order. again because he didn’t like paying tax,

    people who claim they knew exactly what they voted for or that 17.4 million all voted for the same version of no deal Brexit is either flat out lying or measures so highly on the Dunning-Kruger scale, their opinion should be noted and then disregarded as the jetsam it is.
    How many MP’s during the referendum knew or even talked about the effects on N.Ireland or the Good Friday Agreement?

    Now that those facts have hit the reality fan, how can an MP who has read all the economic assessments, abide with a decision that goes against not only the advisers and experts opinion but also their instinct and conscience is telling them? They’ve known all along that leaving without a deal will absolutely decimate their local communities at a time when things are already hard enough,it’s economically unacceptable and why they’ve voted to take it off the table for the benefit of country ie 66m people not just 17.4m leave and 16m remaining voters.

  8. In the indicative votes our MP Richard Burden voted for options 1,2,3,4, did not vote on option 5 and voted against options 6,7,8

    1. Commitment to negotiate a “permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU” in any Brexit deal (for-264 against-272)

    2. Require a public vote to confirm any Brexit deal passed by parliament before its ratification
    (for-268 against-295)

    3. Labour’s plan for a close economic relationship with the EU (for-237 against-307)

    4. UK membership of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) and European Economic Area (EEA)
    (for-188 against-283)
    5. Revoke article 50 two days before Britain would leave the EU without a deal.(for-184 against-293)
    6. Leave the EU without a deal on 12 April (for-160 against-400)

    7. Calls for the government to seek to agree preferential trade arrangements with the EU (for-139 against-422)

    8. Remain within the EEA and rejoin Efta but outside a customs union with the EU (for-65 against-377)

  9. in tonight’s indicative votes Richard Burdon voted for each motion

    1. Commitment to negotiate a “permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU” in any Brexit deal
    273 For-276 Against

    2. UK membership of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) and European Economic Area (EEA)
    261 For-282 Against

    3. Require a public vote to confirm any Brexit deal passed by parliament before its ratification
    280 For-292 Against

    4. Extend article 50 and give parliament the right to decide on next steps
    191 For-292 Against


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