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Drama as MPs vote to block no-deal Brexit in all circumstances

Drama as MPs vote to block no-deal Brexit in all circumstances

She had been dealt a major blow when attorney-general Geoffrey Cox said in his official legal advice that the assurances did not remove the risk of the United Kingdom being trapped indefinitely in the backstop arrangements.

Mr Zeichner slammed the government for "recklessly wasting yet more time in order to force a false binary choice" over Brexit. We are not doing what we need to do, which is govern the country effectively and properly. Does it wish to revoke article 50, does it want to hold a second referendum, or does it want to leave with a deal but not this deal? She added, to some cheers from her backbenchers: "I may not have my own voice, but I do understand the voice of the country".

"I understand how incredibly unsettling this is, not just on an economic and security point of view, but also for the thousands of European Union citizens that we have living and working in South Cambridgeshire", she said.

Opposition MPs blamed strong-arm tactics by Tory whips as Dame Caroline tried to pull her amendment before it came to a vote.

"At least the Prime Minister has finally conceded that the house needs to be able to look at all options, something which she should have done months ago".

A No 10 spokesman said she did not discuss resigning after her latest defeat because her government had recently won a confidence vote in the Commons.

"If I felt it wasn't going to cause significant damage to the divisions in the country, I still think a second referendum, and an opportunity to stay, has to be the best thing long-term for the country".

Reports suggested the PM would vote against a no-deal tonight but she said the ballot would be "free", with no obligation for cabinet members to toe the party line.

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Corbyn asked which way May would vote on the government motion, for which Conservative MPs will have a free vote.

"Quite clearly, no-deal must be taken off the table", he added.

Labour MPs indicated they meant to vote against a no-deal Brexit on Wednesday. But what a mess.

But Sir Kevin Barron, MP for Rother Valley, Ms Flint both voted in favour of Mrs May's deal, along with fellow Labour colleague John Mann, who represents Bassetlaw.

Mr Corbyn said the Government needed to "accept their deal is clearly dead and does not have the support of this House".

On Wednesday morning the government announced that most imports into the United Kingdom would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The prime minister looks on course for another heavy defeat this evening after attorney general Geoffrey Cox concluded "the legal risk remains unchanged" of the United Kingdom being unable to leave the backstop without European Union agreement.