BREAKING: UK MPs Vote to Take Control of Parliamentary Business in Unprecedented Move to Try to Find Majority for Any Brexit Option
BAHRS GLOBAL NEWS, 26 MAR 2019
Staff Reporter : MPs have voted to take control of Commons business in an unprecedented move to try to find a majority for any Brexit option.
The government was defeated by 329 votes to 302 on the cross-party amendment, a majority of 27.
Business minister Richard Harrington resigned from the government to vote for the move, which will see votes on a series of alternatives to the PM’s Brexit deal.
MPs are now voting on a call to be given a vote on requesting another Brexit extension if a deal has not been approved by 5 April.
Theresa May had tried to head off a defeat by offering MPs a series of votes on Brexit alternatives, organised by the government.
She said allowing MPs to take over the Commons agenda would have set an “unwelcome precedent”.
The so-called indicative votes are set to take place on Wednesday.
MPs will be able to vote on a series of options – likely to include a “softer Brexit” and another referendum – designed to test the will of Parliament to see what, if anything, commands a majority.