Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Brexit: Your MPs on how they will vote on the 'meaningful vote'

Brexit: Your MPs on how they will vote on the 'meaningful vote'

Labour MPs have been told to prepare for Jeremy Corbyn to table a dramatic and immediate vote of no confidence in Theresa May's government as early as Tuesday evening in an attempt to force a general election if - as expected - she suffers a heavy defeat this week on her Brexit deal.

Although senior Labour figures accept they are unlikely to win a no-confidence vote, as the 10 Democratic Unionist MPs have said they will back the government, the move will highlight the fragility of May's hold on power as the Brexit crisis deepens.

However, her ruling Conservative Party does not have an overall majority in the House of Commons and a section of her own party are strongly opposed to the deal, having vowed to vote it down.

Jeremy Hunt said parliament would "try very hard to rule out" a no-deal divorce with the European Union and leave the United Kingdom in "paralysis".

Warning that there may be no consensus in the Commons around any possible outcome, the Foreign Secretary told Today: "If this deal is rejected, ultimately what we may end up with is not a different type of Brexit but Brexit paralysis". "And Brexit paralysis ultimately could lead to no Brexit".

"I'm in a leave constituency, but I would do what's right".

Mr Hunt warned: "If we were, as a political class, not to deliver Brexit, that would be a fundamental breach of trust between the people and the politicians".

That matters because so far Parliament is against No Deal and Mrs May's deal. And its emergence should unite those of us who voted Leave in our determination to get Brexit over the line.

Messages have been sent to Labour MPs, even those who are unwell, to ensure their presence both for the "meaningful vote" on the prime minister's Brexit blueprint on Tuesday and the following day.

To help her get the deal through, "We are checking with Downing Street what the clarifications could amount to", he said, adding: "They should not be confused with a renegotiation".

Mrs May was boosted yesterday by two Tory backbenchers - her former policy adviser George Freeman, and Trudy Harrison - indicating they will back her deal. I will be speaking against this "deal" and can not support it in the upcoming vote. I am therefore hopeful the prime minister will be successful in her current discussions with the European Union and that we will all be voting to support her in the new year by agreeing the Withdrawal Agreement she has negotiated.

The Secretary of State said it was "right" for the Government to make preparations for a no-deal Brexit, comparing it to wearing a seatbelt when driving a fast vehicle.

Pressed for a third time by interviewer Justin Webb on whether she would quit if Mrs May went for the no-deal option, Ms Rudd cut him short by saying: "Thank you very much, Justin".

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