MPs might have wrestled control of the Brexit process away from Theresa May, but they didn't manage to break the Brexit impasse after failing to find a Commons majority for any of the eight Brexit options that had been presented.
The eight options included a second referendum, a no-deal Brexit, a customs union, revoking Article 50, and membership of the European Economic Area (EEA).
A no-deal Brexit was one of the least popular options, with MPs voting it down 400 to 160. A confirmatory public vote, which would have given the public the opportunity to vote in a referendum over the final deal, missed the mark by just 27 votes (27 Labour MPs defied the Whip and voted against Margaret Becket’s amendment) 268 to 295.
With less than two weeks to go until the first Brexit deadline on the 12 April, the public is becoming increasingly frustrated by the state of the negotiations (and lack thereof).
Theresa May promised Tory MPs that she would resign as prime minister if they backed her Brexit deal, while the DUP has said it will not support May’s Brexit deal in a new vote.
1. People are sick of Brexit, basically
2. They are very, very done
3. This face sums it up tbh
4. Is there a reset button?
5. This guy
6. And this one
7. So many people are done with it
As the dust cleared, Brexiteers and Remainers reacted to the latest set of voting results.
8. The Leave.EU campaign called Theresa May and Tory MPs 'turncoats' and praised the DUP for not backing the prime minister's deal
9. And Nigel Farage argues there's still a 'majority' in the country who support Brexit
A recent poll found 55 per cent of British people would vote to remain in the EU, given the chance.
10. Tory Brexit MP Sam Bradley, who voted to remain in the EU in the 2016 referendum, said there were two choices – May’s deal followed by a General Election or Parliament decides
Not everybody was cynical.
11. Labour MP David Lammy on the other hand, is optimistic about a People's Vote and he argued the 'mandate for Brexit is evaporating'
12. Independent Group member Chris Leslie said Labour preventing the People’s Vote was ‘disappointing’ and insisted that it was the correct road to take
13. Another Independent Group member, Chuka Umunna, argued, in the absence of People’s Vote, to revoke Article 50.
In a passionate speech in the Commons, he said:
The younger people in our area, in our borough, which is one of the youngest in the country will not ever forgive this parliament if it seeks to impose this disaster on them.
More that two million of them have become entitled to vote since that 2016 poll and we know that an overwhelming majority of them want to say on this process and an overwhelming majority of them want to keep the current deal and its privileges that older generations of this country have enjoyed for years.
If we are on a cliff edge we haven’t got that People’s Vote then of course we must do what is in motion L and revoke Article 50 because nobody, no one in this House has a mandate to destroy people’s jobs and livelihoods.
14. Labour politician and policy researcher Will Straw says there are two options: a General Election, or a People's Vote
15. Campaigning group Our Future, Our Choice, who are pushing for a People’s Vote on Brexit, were delighted to find that it had the highest votes
16. Labour MP Jess Philips pointed out that a People’s Vote was actually more popular than the PM deal