Theresa May is expected to vote against Britain leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement in a Commons vote this evening.
The news was broken by Political Editor of the Sunday Times, Tim Shipman shortly after the Prime Minister had suffered her second humiliating defeat over her Brexit deal last night, losing by 149 votes.
I’m told the prime minister will tomorrow vote AGAINST leaving without a deal. That means she’ll be supporting an extension in all likelihood
— Tim Shipman (@ShippersUnbound) March 12, 2019
ITV’s Robert Peston has also suggested that May could well vote against No Deal, in what would be a truly astonishing (and bonkers) move. Many in the Cabinet could also back her. When did a bad deal become better than No Deal?
I am hearing that @theresa_may and most – but not all – cabinet will vote to cancel no deal on 29 March. Interestingly ministers think former Remainer @Jeremy_Hunt will vote in other direction, for the option of no deal on 29 March.
— Robert Peston (@Peston) March 12, 2019
In a week of crucial parliamentary votes determining the future of Brexit, the Prime Minister informed the House that the vote on No Deal will be a free vote for her Conservative colleagues. This will be the most significant free vote for the Tories since a parliamentary vote on gay marriage in 2013.
Her decision to vote against No Deal will spark outrage among grassroots Conservative members and voters alike, many of whom now back a clean break from Brussels on March 29th. Such a move suggests she will be backing an extension to Article 50 in the subsequent vote in Westminster on Thursday.
May stood on a Conservative manifesto pledge that “No Deal is better than a bad deal”. A vote against No Deal this evening would show her true colours and confirm the fears of many Eurosceptics that she was never prepared to genuinely support a clean Brexit or use such a position effectively as leverage in the negotiations with Brussels.
If Brussels know the British Prime Minister won’t walk away from the negotiating table, no wonder May has been left stuck selling a dreadful deal.
No Deal is better than a bad EU deal! Westmonster will go on fighting for 17.4 million Leave voters. Will you support us?