Local MPs vote against Brexit motion which leaves Theresa May defeated

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"There is, I think, an overwhelming number of members of Parliament who believe that a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic and they are looking to the government and saying to the prime minister: "Look, you don't have a deal you can get through the Commons".

'She can't keep on just running down the clock and hoping that something will turn up that will save her day and save her face.

May will insist to European Union chiefs that her defeat in parliament on Thursday does not change her belief that her Brexit deal can still achieve a majority - as long as there are changes to the backstop.

To recap, on 29 January, the House voted in favour of two amendments: The Brady amendment, brought by the Conservative MP Graham Brady to seek changes to the backstop, and the Spelman amendment - named after Tory MP Caroline Spelman - which seeks to rule out the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

The mood hardened in Brussels on Friday amid doubts that the prime minister could ever forge any consensus in her warring party, with Barnier telling diplomats from member states that her strategy could not work.

The Labour leadership is also set to back a proposal from backbencher Yvette Cooper, expected to be debated on February 27, that would require a vote by the middle of March on delaying Brexit.

MPs will again vote on options for Brexit today, with Eurosceptic Conservatives threatening to oppose a motion put forward by Theresa May.

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If Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, that would mean a 10 percent import duty on cars and auto parts. If... this is not the case can the prime minister tell the house today when the meaningful vote will be?

Jeremy Corbyn said there was "no majority" for the government's deal last night, as Theresa May's Brexit statement was rejected by MPs.

He was speaking as Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt made clear his unwillingness to accept a no-deal departure, telling hardline Brexiteers in a tweet: "We are not leaving without a deal".

Mr Baker said: "Where this deal to pass through Parliament with this backstop, the Government would subsequently collapse because the DUP will not be able to maintain confidence and supply if this deal goes through".

"However, [this] vote has proved that there is no majority for the Prime Minister's course of action".

The Scottish National Party called for a postponement of the March 29 Brexit date by at least three months.

Alistair Burt, the Foreign Office minister, gave his strongest signal yet he was prepared to resign unless the government allowed him to back efforts to stop no deal by the next vote at the end of February.

Meanwhile, a cross-party initiative backed by Tory Anna Soubry and Labour's Chuka Umunna demands the government publish its most recent official briefing on the implications of a no-deal Brexit for business and trade.

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