Theresa May has managed to pass a motion in favour of extending Article 50 negotiations with the European Union, which would delay Brexit beyond March 29th — something she repeatedly promised she would not do.
After her own proposed deal with the European Union was rejected by the House of Commons in a so-called “meaningful vote” for a second time, the Prime Minister did not tell MPs the country would therefore leave the bloc on March 29th as scheduled in the European Union (Withdrawal) Act, but instead put a Government motion to the House in favour of extending negotiations.
Mrs May allowed a free vote on the motion, with 188 of her own MPs, including the Secretary of State for Brexit, deciding against it, along with the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) MPs from Northern Ireland on whom her minority government relies for a parliamentary majority.
Only 112 Tory MPs backed the motion — but, thanks to anti-Brexit, left-liberal opposition MPs siding with the Prime Minister in large numbers, it passed anyway.
This incredible state of affairs has come to pass despite the Prime Minister having repeatedly promised that Article 50 would not be extended and that Brexit would be delivered “on time” — in line with her now long-abandoned mantra that “no deal is better than a bad deal”.
How the Article 50 vote breaks down. The division list has 413 voting in favour, despite 412 being the number announced in the House of Commons. pic.twitter.com/23q9Lvd8De
— Ian Jones (@ian_a_jones) March 14, 2019