Brexit vote: Theresa May tackles no-confidence vote after overwhelming defeat – real-time updates | Policy

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Nathalie Loiseau, the European minister, said this morning to French Inter: "It's bad news, because this withdrawal agreement negotiated for almost two years is a good deal and the only deal is possible. Let's see that there is not a majority for this deal, but we do not know what a majority is for … they want to leave the European Union to do what? "

Asked why leaving the EU was proving so difficult, Loiseau said: "A number of Britons, including British politicians, did not realize what it meant to be a member of the European Union." He added that during the campaign there had been "massive disinformation". referendum campaign.

Can the agreement be renegotiated? "The text can not be reopened, especially after 17 months have gone by with all the comings and goings.This has been a third of my work since I became a minister, which is a bit excessive, and we have other things to do in Europe to deal with a divorce … "

He added: "Nobody thinks that an agreement is not a good situation, but we are preparing for this", but warned: "We do not intend to disunite the European Union because the United Kingdom wants to leave".

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says the dance is in Britain to clear up the chaos.

"Parliamentarians in the lower house did not know what they want, but only what they do not want," he told the Deutschlandfunk station this morning.

"It's not enough," he said. He added that he did not support the idea of ​​renegotiating the agreement, stating that many compromises had already been made by both parties. "If one had been able to offer more, we would have had to do it weeks ago."

He said that the German government will closely follow the vote of confidence in Theresa May, but its fall would only make the situation more complicated.

"We need a stable government for the negotiations," he said. Extending Article 50 would be complicated in light of the upcoming European elections, he said, and anyway an extension would require a clear idea of ​​what London wanted.

"It will only make sense if there is a way to reach an agreement between the EU and Great Britain and at the moment there is not a majority point of view in the British parliament".

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Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has again lowered the question of whether the Labor bench will support a second referendum. He insisted that the Labor belonged to decide.

Speaking at the BBC Breakfast, he said: "If we had secured a general election, our party would have to make a decision about what was going on in the manifesto." It's a strong support that if there's a & a We are back to the people.Our preference is a general election, if we get, there is also that vision that there should be another referendum.

"" My opinion is that it will be decided by the democratic desires of our party members. The options will be: we will present our proposals on an agreement, or you will advance those more the possibility of a referendum.

"What happened during our Labor party conference last year was: try to get an agreement that protects jobs and the economy, if you can not do it, then it's a referendum to ask people to I think that if we go to the general elections this will be the kind of debate we will have. "

McDonnell insisted that a compromise agreement could be reached with the government.


My point of view is that Theresa May could order it now. If it had a real discussion, a true compromise approach bringing all the parties together, I think there could be a compromise very likely based on what Labor is supporting. But the problem he has is that I do not think that people have more faith in her to get rid of it.

Clearly extending the article 50 is now on the agenda, but it is the government's task to decide.

It seemed to concede that it was unlikely that the government would lose today's vote of confidence. "People do not expect us to win, but who can say that."

He added:


If that goes down, the parliament must really take on a strong role … appropriate negotiations and discussions to see if there is a compromise that can be achieved. Theresa May said she was willing to get into those discussions, but did not say she was willing to join them with Jeremy Corbyn. She did not contact us.

We have not yet been invited to these discussions. Then he established the conditions, he is excluding the appearance, a customs union that most opposition parties support.

We believe we should have a permanent customs union, the relationship with the single market should be tight and a collaborative relationship.

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Writing in the Spanish newspaper El País, Lluís Bassets warned that Tuesday's vote was anything but decisive, despite the size of the May defeat.

"For the bad luck of the British, and perhaps even the Europeans, this Tuesday was a historic day that does not preclude other historical days, all accompanied by the tragic storm clouds that tend to obscure the story," he wrote.

The bassetti said that "the great shredding machine that is Brexit" was still at work, "fueled by uncertainty, bitterness and rancor – the three gloomy feelings that May evoked in his speech of defeat, and the three evil spirits that grow every day that Brexit remains unresolved ".

The main title of El Mundo, Wednesday morning, was equally gloomy: "A humiliating defeat for May leaves Brexit in limbo". The Prime Minister's plan, he added, "crashed spectacularly" in parliament.

In an editorial, the right-wing ABC stated that neither the May nor the parliament have proved capable of dealing with the crisis, but that the issue should be referred to the people once more.

"It seems clear that the time has come to put the decision in the hands of the people, and the most sensible thing to do would be to hold another referendum just as voters confront the real arguments rather than the nationalist-populist propaganda of the pro lobby. -Brexit. "

The online newspaper eldiario.es noted that Michael Gove had invoked the famous Throne of Swords line, "Winter is coming".

"He was one of the heavyweights of the party that had the greatest influence in the Brexit referendum," wrote Iñigo Sáenz de Ugarte.

"Gove and others like him brought winter to British politics and are horrified at how cold things are – too cold for their countrymen."

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