What next for Brexit? Latest developments

Before lunchtime on Thursday, Boris Johnson’s Brexit legacy will be judged with the devastating result that the House of Commons voted by 314 to 202 to reject a No Deal Brexit. MPs will move…

What next for Brexit? Latest developments

Before lunchtime on Thursday, Boris Johnson’s Brexit legacy will be judged with the devastating result that the House of Commons voted by 314 to 202 to reject a No Deal Brexit. MPs will move next week to begin the formal process of leaving the EU which Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, saw as pivotal to rebuilding Britain’s greatness abroad after leaving the EU. Yet the Brexit agreement is expected to be ratified by Parliament in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Following a tumultuous day on the floor of the House of Commons, Amber Rudd MP signalled a softer Tory response to the defeat of the deal. While it will not be perfect, she believes the deal is the “best we can get at this stage”. She offered support for the amendment to extend Article 50 which was supported by Remain-backing Tories. Meanwhile, Brexit Secretary David Davis suggested that Parliament should demand a delay if a withdrawal agreement cannot be signed off, but acknowledged that it was “time for parliament to be realistic”.

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