By Ben Kerrigan-
The Uk is in a serious political crisis after Ms May’s proposed deal for Brexit was rejected for a second time in just a few months.
The British prime minister had warned that crisis loomed if her final efforts to secure a deal was dumped by Mps in parliament, which occurred on Tuesday evening. Ms May has promised MPs a vote on no deal tomorrow and another one on Thursday about whether Brexit should be delayed.
The writing was on the wall long before the votes were cast, making the final motions of voting a mere formality. In a twist of fate, Theresa May also lost her voice on the day she needed it most, but it would have made little difference even if she had not been plagued with the sore throat that hindered her speech.
Remain supporters will now feel more empowered to push for a second referendum, a scenario Downing street really want to avoid. The possibility of a snap election also remains a frightening possibility for parliament, plunging British politics into a worse nightmare than the present crisis. Toppling May will achieve little if her successor is unable to improve the situation.
In the aftermath of the devastating defeat the Prime Minister – who can barely speak after losing her voice – said that the choices facing the UK were ‘unenviable’, but because of the rejection of her deal, ‘they are choices that must be faced’.
Meanwhile, EU chiefs said the second rejection of the Brexit deal has “significantly increased” the risk of a damaging “no-deal” divorce, a spokesman for European Council President Donald Tusk has said. MPs voting against the Prime Minister’s deal had been tweeting their objections to the deal in the hours before the final vote. An EU spokesperson said:
“We regret the outcome of tonight’s vote,” the spokesman said. “On the EU side, we have done all that is possible to reach an agreement … it is difficult to see what more we can do.”
“With only 17 days left to 29th March, today’s vote has significantly increased the likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit … Should there be a UK reasoned request for an extension, the EU27 will consider it and decide by unanimity.” May has said tomorrow’s vote regarding leaving the EU without a deal “will be a free vote on this side of the house”.
Mps are increasingly concerned as to how parliament will vote tomorrow in terms of whether Britain will leave without a deal or whether a change to legislation will be made if the house declines to leave without a deal. The likelihood of a no deal being approved in parliament tomorrow is slim, and an extension of Article 50 now seems more likely. Such an extension may require agreement from the EU, but this will only complicate matters more.