British PM suffers fresh Brexit defeat

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Furthermore, Labour have declared that, should Theresa May's Brexit deal get voted down next week, they will table an immediate motion of no confidence in the government.

A month after postponing a vote on the deal to avert near-certain defeat, May urged Parliament to support it to prevent Britain leaving the European Union on March 29 with no agreement on exit terms and future relations, an outcome that could cause economic and social upheaval.

British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win over the Northern Irish party which props up her government to her Brexit deal on January 9, just hours before lawmakers were due to resume a debate on the divorce accord. But the bloc refuses to reopen the agreement, and opposition to the negotiated deal remains strong from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers in Britain.

Rebellious Conservative MPs teamed up with opposition party Labour on Wednesday to vote for a motion created to prevent the government delaying key decisions on Brexit.

Britain's prime minister Theresa May suffered a second defeat in parliament in two days as parliamentarians voted against her Brexit proposals.

She has promised to secure further assurances from the EU on the most controversial elements of the Brexit deal relating to Northern Ireland, and has held talks with European leaders in recent days.

It is likely to prompt an angry response in Brussels, which has repeatedly rejected efforts to put a time limit on the backstop, meant to avoid a hard border in Ireland if no wider trade deal has been agreed.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as the next vote began, turned and applauded Cooper and gave her a thumbs up.

"But I do not think that no deal will be good for this country and I am committed to making sure that we find an alternative".

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"Many of these companies, in particular, have been unnecessarily placed in a position by this Government where they are already spending vast sums of money on preparations for a no-deal scenario-something that none of us here will ever allow to happen".

Under the EU's backstop proposal, Northern Ireland would have stayed in the single market and customs union while the rest of the United Kingdom withdraws, while Mrs May wanted Northern Ireland treated the same as the rest of the UK.

She pulled a scheduled parliamentary vote on the brokered withdrawal agreement last month, admitting it lacked the required support.

"I can not in good conscience vote for the Prime Minister's deal, which in my mind represents the failure of her Governments approach to the negotiations".

May has so far refused to retreat from her unpopular deal, which envisages close trading ties with the European Union, but without any say on policy as Britain has now, after leaving in March.

"So if her deal is defeated next week, as I hope and expect it will, will the Prime Minister do the right thing and let the people have a real say and call a general election?" he added.

But opponents of "no deal" argue the consequences would be severe and wide-ranging, with disruption to supplies of food and medicine and chaos at Britain's ports among the issues.

"What Parliament needs to do is recognise that we need to put differences aside and establish agreement on a deal".

Britain's de-facto deputy prime minister, David Lidington, said politicians must abandon "fantasies about magical alternative deals that are somehow going to sort of spring out of a cupboard in Brussels".

"I also want to reassure colleagues that whatever the outcome of this debate, we will respond rapidly, recognising that we must provide parliament with as much security as possible", Barclay said.