The British House of Commons on Tuesday night launched a great shock, the overwhelming majority of votes rejected the agreed by the British government and the European Union draft Treaty on withdrawal from the EU. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn immediately initiated a vote of no confidence in the government.
This could lead to the resignation of the government, early elections, the postponement of “Brexit” and even a second referendum on Britain’s membership in the European Union.
432 deputies voted against the Treaty, 202 deputies voted for it, and the government’s defeat with such a gap — 230 votes — has never been in the history of the British Parliament.
“This is a catastrophic defeat for the government,” said the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, and announced that he was officially proposing a vote of no confidence in the government.
Theresa May announced a minute earlier that if the opposition initiates a vote of no confidence in the government, her Cabinet is ready to organize a discussion and vote tomorrow.
If the vote is passed, the conservatives will have for two weeks to try to form a new majority government, and if they do not succeed, then declare early elections. The ratings of conservatives and labour are now approximately equal and range from 36-41%.
In addition to early elections, there are other options for the development of events, and most of these options lead to a delay in the formal exit of Britain from the EU, which as of now should take place on March 29.
However, it is possible and extreme, while theoretical versions of “landslide” exit without normalizing relations or lifting of “Brexit”.
Any of the options will be of great importance not only for the British economy and politics, but also for the whole of Europe.
The majority in the House of Commons opposed the withdrawal agreement agreed between the British government and Brussels, but different groups of deputies did so for very different reasons. Therefore, none of the possible alternative behaviors against the EU is currently gaining a parliamentary majority, which makes the growing crisis particularly difficult and unpredictable.
“Today’s vote showed us what the house is against, but doesn’t tell us anything about what it stands for […] how it’s going to and even whether it’s going to respect the people’s decision at all,” may said immediately after the House of Commons trashed her office.