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Theresa May tells MPs 'see you next Tuesday' as Brexit vote confirmed

Theresa May tells MPs 'see you next Tuesday' as Brexit vote confirmed

Numerous Labour MPs also came to his defence, with Labour MP Chuka Umunna tweeting: "In the Commons chamber now watching the spectacle of a bunch of Tory MPs, who argued for Brexit to reassert Parliamentary sovereignty, now objecting to the Speaker selecting a motion to be voted on that would empower the House of Commons".

Downing Street played down the impact of the vote, which reduced the time limit for the government to respond from 21 days.

Late on Tuesday, legislators backed an amendment to the Finance Bill that puts roadblocks in the way of government spending on no-deal Brexit measures.

The Commons Speaker faced a backlash from Conservative MPs after selecting a proposal from Tory former minister Dominic Grieve, which attempts to speed up the process for the Government to reveal what it will do next if Theresa May's deal is rejected.

Theresa May suffered yet another defeat over Brexit on Wednesday after a furious row erupted between Tory MPs and Commons Speaker John Bercow.

"I'm sorry but there is a distinction between a motion and an amendment", declared Mr Bercow, at which Mr Francois yelled "ridiculous" and "utter sophistry".

Amid jeers and heckles from the Tory benches, he said: "I'm trying to do the right thing and make the right judgments".

"If that is a choice then I say let's go on WTO rules".

Barry Gardiner, the opposition Labour Party's shadow global trade secretary, said earlier his party will table a no confidence motion in the government if - as expected - Parliament votes down Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.

The government's defeat on the amendment was a sign of cross-party opposition to the possibility of leaving the European Union without a deal, said Labour's leader Jeremy Corbyn, noting that it should be ruled out "once and for all".

"The work to secure those assurances is ongoing", her spokesman said, adding that the prime minister hoped to have something to offer MPs before next week's vote.

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The government said it was an "inconvenience" but would not stop its preparations for leaving the EU.

He added: "I don't think that's what parliamentarians want".

While the two votes are largely symbolic, the successive defeat shows how weak parliamentary support is for Mrs May's Brexit plans.

Tory MPs to speak in favour of the motion included ex-ministers Nick Boles and Sir Oliver Letwin.

The vote effectively gives MPs more control over the direction of Brexit policy.

"It shows that there is no majority in Parliament, the Cabinet or the country for crashing out of the European Union without an agreement", opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party said.

Wednesday´s amendment, which passed by 308 votes to 297, has more weight.

Commons leader Andrea Leadsom noted there were "some concerns" about Bercow's decision and challenged him on claims he had overruled the most senior Commons official, clerk Sir David Natzler, in making his decision.

Parliament is due to vote on the divorce deal next week.

He said: "That sticker on the subject of Brexit happens to be affixed to or in the windscreen of my wife's auto, and I'm sure he wouldn't suggest for one moment that a wife is somehow the property or chattel of her husband".