‘BREAKING Brexit’: BRITISH lawmakers reject all options in the second round of indicative votes

Oh shoot me now! Tory minister pretends to blow his brains out over Labour's opposition to the Tory strike crack down

Oh shoot me now! Tory minister pretends to blow his brains out over Labour’s opposition to the Tory strike crack down

Nick Boles resigns the Tory whip because Conservative MPs voted down all Brexit alternatives: ”I have given everything. I have accepted I have failed”

CRIMSON TAZVINZWA, AIWA! NO!|| A hard Brexit is “almost inevitable” after MPs voted down all four Brexitalternatives, the EU Parliament’s Brexit coordinator has tweeted. “On Wednesday, the U.K. has a last chance to break the deadlock or face the abyss,” he said.

British lawmakers today voted on four of the eight Brexit proposals tabled for the second series of indicative votes on Monday evening.

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These are the four that have been selected by the Speaker, John Bercow:

Motion C: customs union – defeated

Defeated by 276 t0 273, a majority of 3

The Tory former chancellor Ken Clarke’s customs union plan requires any Brexit deal to include, as a minimum, a commitment to negotiate a “permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU”. This was defeated by the smallest margin in the first round, falling just six votes short.

On 27 March, MPs voted against this option by 271 t0 265.

Motion D: ‘common market 2.0’ – defeated

Defeated by 282 t0 261, a majority of 21

Tabled by the Conservatives Nick Boles, Robert Halfon and Dame Caroline Spelman, Labour’s Stephen Kinnock and Lucy Powell, and the SNP’s Stewart Hosie. The motion proposes UK membership of the European Free Trade Association (Efta) and European Economic Area. It allows continued participation in the single market, and a “comprehensive customs arrangement” with the EU – including a “UK say” on future EU trade deals – would remain in place until the agreement of a wider trade deal that guaranteed frictionless movement of goods and an open border in Ireland.

On 27 March, MPs voted against this option by 283 to 189.

Motion G: parliamentary supremacy – defeated

Defeated by 292 t0 191, a majority of 101

The SNP MP Joanna Cherry joins the Tory former attorney general Dominic Grieve and MPs from other parties with this plan to seek an extension to the Brexit process, and if this is not possible then parliament will choose between either no deal or revoking article 50.

An inquiry would follow to assess the future relationship likely to be acceptable to Brussels and have majority support in the UK.

On 27 March, MPs voted against this option by 293 to 184.

The following four plans will not be voted on:

Motion A: unilateral right of exit from the backstop

Conservative backbenchers, led by John Baron, want the UK to leave the EU on 22 May 2019 with the withdrawal agreement amended to allow the UK unilaterally to exit the controversial Northern Ireland backstop.

This motion has not been voted on by MPs.

Motion B: no deal in the absence of a withdrawal agreement

Another proposal from Baron, which calls for a no-deal Brexit on 12 April if no withdrawal agreement can be agreed by the Commons.

On 27 March, MPs voted against this option by 400 to 160.

Motion F: public vote to prevent no deal

Moved by Labour’s Graham Jones and Grieve of the Tories, this proposal would require a referendum, if necessary, to prevent the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

This motion has not been voted on by MPs.

Motion H: Efta and EEA

A motion tabled by the Conservative MP George Eustice, who quit as agriculture minister to fight for Brexit, proposes rejoining the Efta at the “earliest opportunity”, agree a short extension to the UK’s membership of the EU to conclude accession to Efta and negotiate with the EU additional protocols relating to the Northern Ireland border and agri-food trade.

On 27 March, MPs voted against this option by 377 to 64.

Source: The Guardian

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