Latest News

  • Guardian
  • Theresa May has finally got the Brexiters where she wants them | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion

Source: Guardian
Rate: 5 5

See the news Theresa May has finally got the Brexiters where she wants them | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion from Source Guardian on 14/03/2019 has been updated to day with the theme on feedixo.

Theresa May has finally got the Brexiters where she wants them | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion

MPs had the chance to take back control of Brexit – wresting this tortured process from a weak, flailing and moribund government – and they ducked it. Sure, it was by the narrowest of margins, losing by just two votes, 312 to 314, but MPs passed up the opportunity to take charge and say, at long last, what kind of Brexit they want. They preferred instead to grant Theresa May yet another lifeline for her own deal – which, incredibly, will come back for a third meaningful vote on Tuesday.The lever that was offered to MPs, by which they might have finally got a grip on the Brexit crisis, was a proposal from Hilary Benn that would have seen a series of votes, allowing MPs to indicate their preferred Brexit plan – whether that be Norway-plus or a second referendum or every shade in between. No longer would May retain the initiative, with the power to confine MPs to a single, binary choice: my way or the highway.Had it gone through, it would have confirmed what the rest of this week had already suggested: that power is haemorrhaging away from this prime minister, that this government is in office but not in power, that it is parliament rather than Downing Street that now calls the shots. But, by a whisker, May’s administration clung on, the party whip having lost not all of its sting. In fact, it was six Brexiter Labour MPs who saved May from what would have been further humiliation, voting against their colleague Benn and giving her a stay of execution.Brexit: MPs vote by 413 to 202 to extend article 50 until 30 June – Politics live Read more It now means the prime minister can stage next Tuesday’s vote the way she wants it: as an ultimatum to the ultras of the European Research Group and the Democratic Unionist party. Thanks to another, much more comfortable vote this evening, approving in principle an extension of article 50, those intransigents will now face a sharp dilemma. The ERG and DUP either swallow their objections and vote for May’s deal, or they face the prospect of a long delay to Brexit – perhaps for the best part of two years. Given the mayhem on show these past few days, who would bet what might happen to their precious Brexit project between now and 2021? They might lose it altogether.That is the stark, binary choice May has always wanted to press upon the...

The news of the agency (Guardian) and site feedixo any responsibility in publishing it.

See the news Theresa May has finally got the Brexiters where she wants them | Jonathan Freedland | Opinion from Source Guardian on 14/03/2019 has been updated to day with the theme on feedixo.