Highland MP renews calls for a People's Vote on European Union membership

Highland MP renews calls for a People's Vote on European Union membership

Highland MP renews calls for a People's Vote on European Union membership

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks after tellers announced the results of the vote Brexit deal in Parliament in London, Britain, March 12, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video.

Pressed on Labour's position on a second referendum she said: 'We have not ruled out a People's Vote but our priority is securing a deal'.

House of Commons rejects leaving the European Union without a deal.

Tonight's parliamentary vote sees Mr Boles join forces with MPs including Conservative MP Oliver Letwin, Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Hilary Benn, plus Anna Soubry and Chuka Umunna of the Independent Group of MPs. "And we will then work with opposition parties to build a majority for a softer Brexit deal".

But the changes, won in Strasbourg late on Monday night, were not sufficient to convince enough pro-Brexit Tory MPs to back May in the vote. "It is not sustainable, the current situation in parliament", he told BBC Radio 4′s World at One programme.

Theresa May suffered a crushing defeat in the House of Commons yesterday.

"Instead of making any genuine attempt to work constructively with others, the Prime Minister spent the last two and a half years pandering to the DUP and her own increasingly right-wing backbenchers, all while ignoring the concerns of the devolved governments".

What isn't clear is how the prime minister actually intends to dig herself out of this awful political hole.

He said: "I made a promise in the election to call a referendum and I called the referendum".

Mr Corbyn argued Mrs May has failed, no longer has the ability to lead, and must change her approach.

MPs have dramatically rejected crashing out of the European Union without a deal at any time and under any circumstances.

"He used to believe that too, why is he just trying to frustrate it?"

Mrs May agreed but insisted her deal is a "good deal" and she wants the United Kingdom to leave with a good deal.

Many MPs had been waiting to see whether Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, would conclude the revised agreement would allow the United Kingdom to unilaterally exit the backstop - a key sticking point in the negotiations.

Members of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs have tabled an amendment that would see the United Kingdom leave without a formal agreement, with the backstop being replaced by alternative arrangements and a series of "standstill" economic arrangements until the end of 2021 to minimise disruption.

The EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier again insisted there will be no further offer from Brussels apart from the deal already on the table.

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