Theresa May suffers defeat to no-deal Brexit powers as MPs vote to pass amendment on Finance Bill

Theresa May suffers defeat to no-deal Brexit powers as MPs vote to pass amendment on Finance Bill

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May has suffered a defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday afternoon over the government’s no-deal Brexit powers, as MPs vote in favour of amendment to Finance Bill.

The amendment stops the Treasury from using its tax-changing powers to begin a no-deal exit on March 29 unless it has been approved by a vote by MPs.

The vote passed by 303 to 296, with a majority of only seven MPs.

The amendment was tabled by Labour MP Yvette Cooper who said it showed MPs “coming together to prevent a chaotic and damaging no deal”.

Writing on Twitter, the MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford “Very glad that the Commons has voted to support #Amendment7.

“Shows the determination in Parliament to come together to prevent a chaotic & damaging #NoDeal that would hit manufacturing, policing & security.”

 

'Rule our no deal once and for all'

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as the next vote began, turned and applauded Ms Cooper - also giving a thumbs up.

In a statement outside the Commons, he said the vote in support of the amendment was "an important step to prevent a no-deal Brexit".

He said: "It shows that there is no majority in Parliament, the Cabinet or the country for crashing out of the EU without an agreement. That is why we are taking every opportunity possible in Parliament to prevent no deal.

"Theresa May must now rule out no deal once and for all."

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