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Raw Politics in full: Theresa May braces for crucial Brexit vote

Raw Politics in full: Theresa May braces for crucial Brexit vote

The first vote was the largest defeat for any government in modern United Kingdom parliamentary history.

If they pass it, that means Britain will leave the European Union under the parameters of that deal on 29 March, as planned.

May is to open a debate in the House of Commons Tuesday that will conclude Tuesday night with a vote on the "improved" deal she has brokered with the European Union on Britain's relationship after it ends its membership of the regional bloc.

"The choice is clear: it is this deal, or Brexit may not happen at all".

And will it be enough to convince the divided House of Commons to support Theresa May's deal? Hard-core Brexit supporters in May's Conservative Party and the prime minister's allies in Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party both said they could not support the deal.

On 30 January MPs voted for an amendment by 317 votes to 301 to pass the Brexit deal bill if Theresa May could negotiate changes to the Irish backstop.

"We owe it to the country to provide them with a government that can govern", he said.

If it is turned down by MPs tonight, despite the "legal changes", then another vote will take place tomorrow on whether to opt for a "no deal" Brexit.

Some euroskeptics changed their mind, however, urging their colleagues not to risk everything.

Following that crushing defeat she agreed to renegotiate certain unpopular aspects of the agreement and hold another vote this Tuesday.

UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox said that the new Brexit agreement included material changes but the risk of being trapped inside has not changed.

After a late-night huddle in Strasbourg, both the British Prime Minister and the President of EU Commission claimed to have achieved a breakthrough in Brexit talks by adding two supporting documents to the withdrawal agreement.




Referring to Mrs May, Mr Walker said: "She will lead us into that general election".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the result meant May's plan for leaving the European Union was "dead" and called on the government to adopt his proposals for an alternative departure from the bloc. "Our "no-deal" preparations are now more important than ever before", Barnier said in a tweet.

"MPs were clear that legal changes were needed to the backstop".

He added: "I hope he backs the significant movement we have had last night. There is no alternative".

However, if they reject the deal, that kickstarts another set of possibilities. It is what we do with this second chance that counts.

He called on the House of Commons to accept the deal "because I don't see further chances for negotiations".

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was rejected once again by Parliament, throwing the country deeper into political crisis and raising the prospect that the divorce will be delayed or even reversed.

"Today is our Hotel California moment".

United Kingdom lawmakers will study the new proposals before holding a vote on the divorce deal Tuesday, with just 17 days remaining before Britain's planned split from the bloc after 46 years.

In the staunchly pro-Brexit port of Dover in southern England, retiree Mary Simpson said she felt her voice as a "leave" voter had not been heard.

"I think that an important offer has again been made to Britain, and now it is, of course, for Britain to respond to these offers", she said in Berlin.

Associated Press writers Raf Casert in Strasbourg, France, Pan Pylas in London and Renee Graham in Dover, England contributed.

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