The UK Prime Minister Theresa May has offered UK MPs the chance to vote on a No-Deal Brexit.
The ‘free vote’ will be the third time MPs across the House of Commons have been allowed to decide the fate of the UK’s deal reached with the EU and it comes directly in the wake of the crushing defeat of last night’s vote.
A margin of 149 (391-242 against) MPs voted last night against the Prime Minister’s second attempt at securing support for her Brexit deal.
While the Houses of Commons were initially strongly opposed to a No-Deal Brexit last month, it appears that there is interest, particularly among MPs within the Conservative Party, that No-Deal could be an option. It is viewed that tabling such a motion of a ‘free vote’ allows MPs to vote individually and also to avoid a major split within May’s own party.
‘This House declines to approve leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and a framework on the future relationship on March 29.’
MPs voting for a No-Deal would technically provide the hardest possible Brexit ensuring no ties which would keep the UK locked into the EU, the Irish Backstop being the most contentious issue surrounding the deal.
It is seen that support will have hardened for No-Deal, bolstered by last night’s vote.
No No-Deal, what’s next?
If the motion for a No-Deal fails to get the support of the Parliament, there is the possibility that a Brexit delay could be on the cards.
This possible vote on a Brexit delay could come on Thursday, and details of how long the delay would last are still unknown.
Aside from these options, there is still the possibility of MPs calling for a new deal altogether or even a second referendum that cancels the Brexit process.
While these options would need the approval of Brussels, they remain even harder to realise alongside the growing support for No-Deal.
Last night MPs from across the parties were in the process of tabling amendments on the No-Deal motion which would give the vote more oompfh.
There is also the possibility that given the situation for the Prime Minister, MPs within her own party could call for her resignation.