No hope for deal vote

Chances of the PM get­ting MPs sup­port for her deal next week are as thin as ever after she suf­fered two de­feats in Par­lia­ment this week

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - News Staff Re­porter [email protected]­news.es

THERESA May can have no great ex­pec­ta­tions of get­ting MPs ap­proval for her Brexit deal next Tues­day (Jan­uary 15) after suf­fer­ing two highly im­por­tant de­feats this week in Par­lia­ment.

On Wed­nes­day MPs voted 308-297 in favour of amend­ment for three-day 'plan B' dead­line that will force Theresa May to present an al­ter­na­tive plan to the ex­ist­ing deal just three days after the vote if it is re­jected.

With EU lead­ers in­sist­ing the cur­rent agree­ment can­not be mod­i­fied, the three-day goal is prac­ti­cally im­pos­si­ble to reach.

This was the sec­ond de­feat in less that 24 hours for Theresa May. On Tues­day, 20 of her own MPs votes in favour of a cross-party amend­ment to the fi­nance bill that will curb some of the gov­ern­ment’s tax ad­min­is­tra­tion pow­ers in the event of no deal.

Ahead of Tues­day's vote, the PM will be seek­ing to as­sure MPs, and more specif­i­cally the DUP that the North­ern Ire­land back­stop will not be per­ma­nent and she has even an­nounced that MPs will have a fi­nal vote on the back­stop. How­ever, a DUP spokesman has ruled out his party's sup­port next week.

Shadow Brexit sec­re­tary Sir Keir Starmer said he does not think Brexit can hap­pen by 29 March and that ex­tend­ing ar­ti­cle 50 'may well be in­evitable'. Other Labour MPs said that a no con­fi­dence mo­tion will be on the ta­ble al­most im­me­di­ately if the gov­ern­ment loses the vote on Tues­day.

Jeremy Cor­byn added that the only was out of the cur­rent stale­mate sit­u­a­tion would be gen­eral elec­tion.

Once again, the Brexit deal vote ap­pears to be head­ing for the cliffs and, once its has been shat­tered by MPs, all op­tions are back on the ta­ble, in­clud­ing no-deal, vote of no-con­fi­dence, a gen­eral elec­tion and even the Poe­ple's Vote.

Ex­pats liv­ing here in Spain will be ea­ger to see the out­come as their rights will be af­fected in dif­fer­ent ways depend­ing on the re­sult.

Costa Blanca News will pro­vide up­dates on the vote on Tues­day via its web­site www.costa-news.com and so­cial me­dia with a full re­port and anal­y­sis of the sit­u­a­tion in next Fri­day's edi­tion.

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