Theresa May and her government had promised the conservative mps a free vote on no deal-brexit on Wednesday evening. Therefore, the conservatives could voice completely after their conviction, whether they would have a no deal-brexit or to exclude it.
But that was not at all.
instead, it all ended once again as a humiliation for May, which now looks like a prime minister, who completely has lost control of both brexit and his own party.
First approved a narrow majority in the british parliament house of commons to exclude a no deal-brexit at any time. It came with just four votes: 312 at 308.
Then broke the chaos loose in the scenes in westminster's lobbies.
Tories saying a number of ministers abstaining in the final vote to reject the government's motion as amended by Spelman vote. ‘In normal times you would sacked for that.’ Tory tells me— Nicholas Watt (@nicholaswatt) March 13, 2019
According to several british journalists and members of parliament on Twitter changed May instantly course and got his 'whips' - indpiskere - to try to 'whip' members to help her in time of trouble.
Policy - 13. mar. 2019 - at. 20:17 May humiliated: Scraps no deal
the Plan was, according to both the observers and members of parliament to get Mays conservative party members to vote to keep the no deal option on the table at the hovedafstemningen, where the above-described amendments, which excludes the 'no deal', should be confirmed.
On the way, May, if successful, not end up in a situation where she, in any future negotiations with the EU can not use the 'no deal' as a negotiation tactic.
But it failed. Spectacular.
Hovedafstemningen with the text of the amendment slipped namely through with 321 against the 278 votes.
at the same time, it according to several members, above, that ministers began to speak up in Mays government.
- The conservatives have been insanity. Promised a free vote, yet the 'whips' they are now against their own amended resolution (which excludes leaving the EU without an agreement and udtrædelsesaftale). Sarah Newton has resigned as minister, it said, for example, from the Labour member Mary Creagh.
the Tories have gone mad. Promised free vote, yet now whipping against their amended motion (which rules out leaving the EU without a deal & Withdrawal Agreement). Sarah Newton has resigned as a Minister.— Mary Creagh (@MaryCreaghMP) March 13, 2019
According to the BBC's political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, was the chaos in the scenes to take and feel on:
So... the main vote is now on whether the UK can EVER leave the EU without a deal (because of earlier Spelman vote) - the govt is now said to be trying to force its own MP's to vote against its own motion - frankly things so wonderful and friendly staff this could implode by mistake— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) March 13, 2019
- So... hovedafstemningen now is whether the UK can EVER leave the EU without an agreement (pga. the amendment). The government is now apparently to force their own mps to vote against their own resolution. Honestly, is it so chaotic that it can implode by mistake, said the experienced political journalist.
Also the marked lack of discipline from the Mays own ministers, who for many he did not comply with the indpiskernes orders, is unseen, believe Kuenssberg:
I normally try very, very, hard not to say things like this, but have never actually seen anything like what's happened tonight— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) March 13, 2019
- I'm trying usually very, very hard not to say things like that here, but I've never actually seen something similar to that happened in the evening.