Wednesday, January 16, 2019


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.


British Prime Minister Theresa May 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.


The risk of a disorderly Brexit has increased since the Withdrawal Agreement was turned down by British MPs, arousing dismay and regret by European Union (EU) leaders, local media said on Wednesday.

German Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz described as “a bitter day for Europe.’’ Scholz said, “a hard Brexit would be the least attractive choice for the EU and UK’’ on Twitter, but said Germany was ready for a no-deal Brexit.


French President Emmanuel Macron warned that Britons might be the biggest losers of a no-deal Brexit and wished them “good luck.’’

“We’ve reached the maximum of what we could do with the deal and we won’t just solve Britain’s domestic political issues stop defending European interests,’’ said Macron.

According to him, he believes British leaders will try to renegotiate the deal with the EU. The British Parliament rejected the Brexit deal in a 432-202 vote on Tuesday. Prime Minister Theresa May has three sitting days to return to parliament with a “Plan B.’’

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