British MPs pass Brexit delay bill with one vote majority

UK parliament in session

Members of the British parliament have voted by a majority of one, to force the prime minister to ask for an extension to the Brexit process in a bid to avoid any no deal scenario.

The guardian reported that “A cross-party group of MPs, led by Oliver Letwin and Yvette Cooper, forced through a bill in less than six hours to instruct Theresa May to seek an extension to article 50 and avoid a no-deal Brexit.”

Wednesday’s event has been described as rare as backbenchers don’t usually take control of parliamentary business and force through legislation in just one day. The situation has come about because Theresa May has no Commons majority and some Conservative MPs are willing to work with opposition parties to thwart a hard Brexit.

The article went on to explain that the bill passed through the Commons by just one vote, is another unusual occurrence. Fiona Onasanya, a former Labour and now independent MP, voted in favour of the bill, prompting outrage among some Brexiters who believe she should have stood down following a jail sentence for repeatedly lying to avoid a speeding charge.

Minutes before the narrow first vote, an amendment from Labour’s Hilary Benn, which would have allowed MPs to hold further indicative votes, was blocked in extraordinary circumstances, as the Speaker, John Bercow, was forced to make the casting vote after a tied result.

The bill is going to the House of Lords, where there is a strong majority against a hard Brexit. However, there are more opportunities to filibuster in the Lords, where every amendment can be debated and voted on. Some hardline Tory peers may try to talk endlessly to waste time and delay the process but Labour sources in the Lords still believe it is pretty likely to pass though.

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5 Comments

  1. Joseph John
    April 4, 2019

    This is what colonial politics is all about . a referendum decided that Britain should leave, but the voice of the people is ignored. What happen to the voice of the majority as the voice of democracy. If this delay off democracy was performed in a place like Dominica Britain and their allies would be shouting “dictatorship” The people decided to say yes to Brexit . so it should have been yes already . As Steve Forester said there is no guarantee of a prodigal return.

  2. April 4, 2019

    Even if it makes it through the House of Lords, that doesn’t mean the EU has to agree. Strange days….

    • Joseph John
      April 5, 2019

      You are right Sir, the EU has no compulsion to accept or even consider Britain request. The EU can just ignore them. There is no legal ties.

  3. Anansi
    April 4, 2019

    We not looking to delay Skerrxit nuh. We want our separation now!

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