Monday 26 June 2017

MPs just voted against having a 'meaningful' vote on the Brexit deal and people are collectively infuriated

MPs return their result after voting to reject Lord's amendment on EU nationals rights in the House of Commons, London.
MPs return their result after voting to reject Lord's amendment on EU nationals rights in the House of Commons, London.

By Lauren Taylor

It’s cleared the way for Theresa May to formally start talks on Britain’s EU divorce.

Ever since Britain voted to leave the EU, the 48.1% who wanted to remain have been grasping on to the vague hope that some higher power would block Theresa May from pulling the Article 50 trigger.

Well, if you’re one of those people, that hope is about to deminish further. May is now free to kick off Britain’s exit from the EU after the House of Commons voted to disagree with two changes made in the Lords to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.

What has confused many people is that MPs voted against an amendment which was designed to give Parliament a “meaningful” vote on the Brexit deal, by 331 votes to 286.

MPs also voted against a proposal to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK within three months by 335 votes to 287. Those voting against the Government included only two Tories, Alex Chalk and Tania Mathias.

Around 3.2 million EU citizens live in the UK while more than a million British expats reside in other EU member states.

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