The Government is all mouth and no trousers! Yesterday the Government had their bums handed to them after the rebel faction of the Tory party defeated them in a vote on the Brexit bill. No doubt this is a serious blow for Prime Minister Theresa May. The PM was hoping that other MPs would see things her way and let the Government handle the departure from the EU without jeopardizing their chances. But before the 11 Tory MPs go to a pub and get pissed, they should know that the Government isn’t giving up that easy. Several ministers said that despite yesterday’s minor setback nothing is going to prevent Brexit in 2019.
This all started with an amendment which the Government had planned to invoke its ‘Henry VIII’ powers soon after any deal was struck. This move infuriated the Tory party and the Tory MPs lined up minutes before the vote to announce they were defying the government.The defeat came after opposition parties joined forces with Conservative rebels during a heated debate in the Chamber on the amendment. The defeat is a serious blow to the Prime Minister’s already fragile authority. Now the Government and PM May are licking their wounds from the stunning upset.
The funniest part of the whole event happened just minutes before the vote, Justice Minister Dominic Raab promised not to use any Henry VIII clauses until MPs had a meaningful vote. But the Rebel leader Mr. Grieve said it was “too late” for the government to give ground. After the defeat, Tory rebel Nicky Morgan tweeted: “Tonight Parliament took control of the EU Withdrawal process” One happy camper was Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn. In a statement, he said, “This defeat is a humiliating loss of authority for the Government on the eve of the European Council meeting. Labour has made the case since the referendum for a meaningful vote in Parliament on the terms of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Theresa May has resisted democratic accountability. Her refusal to listen means she will now have to accept Parliament taking back control.”
The Government is clearly gutted from the defeat. A representative from the Government said, “We are disappointed that Parliament has voted for this amendment despite the strong assurances that we have set out. We are as clear as ever that this Bill, and the powers within it, are essential. This amendment does not prevent us from preparing our statute book for exit day. We will now determine whether further changes are needed to the Bill to ensure it fulfills its vital purpose.”
So how will this affect us? According to two members of the house, it won’t really. In an interview with the BBC last night two unnamed cabinet ministers said that indeed the defeat was hurtful, it won’t have an overall impact on the Brexit negotiations. However, this sentiment was not shared by everyone. Another unnamed minister told BBC that he believes that this is a major set back for Brexit talks and he was openly frustrated and worried about their colleagues’ behaviour.
So what do you think?
Is the defeat a blow to Brexit talks? Or were the 11 Tory MPs right for standing against the PM? Tell us in the comments…