We’ll not vote for Brexit deal, British PM’s Northern Irish allies say

We’ll not vote for Brexit deal, British PM’s Northern Irish allies say

At her weakest after parliament on Monday seized control of Brexit, May has yet to give up hope of winning approval for her deal to leave the European Union, which she says is the only way of ensuring an orderly exit that will protect the economy.

While Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn hailed the Parliament for "taking control" and called on the government to take the process seriously, the government warned that the vote upended "the balance between our democratic institutions and sets a unsafe, unpredictable precedent for the future".

MPs could be asked to choose between no-deal; a Canada-style free trade agreement; Labour's plan for a customs union and close alignment with the single market; the so-called Common Market 2.0 proposals; a Norway-style close partnership with the EU; revoking Article 50; or a referendum on any of these possible outcomes.

MPs are set to vote this week on what sort of Brexit they would like - amid little sign Theresa May has any chance of getting her deal through the Commons.

May herself admitted "with great regret" Monday that there was "still not sufficient support in the House to bring back the deal for a third meaningful vote".

Around 30 members of May's Conservative party defied her to vote in favour of a motion giving MPs control of parliamentary business later this week to try to come up with an alternative Brexit plan.

"If parliament is able to come up with a way forward, the question is whether the government is prepared to compromise", Hilary Benn, an opposition lawmaker who chairs a parliament committee on Brexit, said.

Speaking after Monday's votes, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn congratulated Parliament for "taking control" of the Brexit process.

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"We are stuck in this maddening impasse where we go round and round in circles, something has to move us forward". As of Monday, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props her minority government, remained opposed to backing it.

She said: "I hope we can all agree, we are now at the moment of decision". And Prime Minister Theresa May noted that the proposals that might be debated - a softer Brexit, a second referendum - have nothing to do with the withdrawal treaty on offer, which is narrowly focused on how Britain leaves the trading bloc and not on the future relationship with Europe. That deal has been voted down twice in parliament. While he supported the Theresa May's withdrawal plan, it was going to be a "tall order" to get it through Parliament and therefore the "only way" to break the deadlock was to vote for the Letwin amendment, he said.

In response to the result, 329 votes for versus 302 against, the government set a "dangerous precedent" had been set.

But lawmakers said the government should listen.

"It's not a good deal but the alternative is a complete cascade of chaos", he said.

He suggested that Wednesday would see MPs vote on a piece of paper for as numerous options as they liked.

May's latest battle with Parliament comes as the fate of Brexit appears still to be torn between two extreme outcomes: a catastrophic breakdown in negotiations resulting in a no-deal split; and a long delay lasting many months or even years, during which time the divorce could be called off. If she fails, the United Kingdom will have until April 12 to offer a new plan or decide to leave without a treaty.

An indicative vote is an opportunity for MPs to vote on a series of options in a particular situation to establish whether any of them can command a majority in the House of Commons.