Brexit: Commons decides to agree…on nothing

No majority emerged for any of the eight options tabled in the House of Commons last night. 

Voting under the indicative vote process, MPs were unable to reach a consensus after they dramatically seized control of the agenda in the House of Commons from the Prime Minister.

A permanent customs union and a motion tabled for a new referendum gained the most support, but still were unable to get over the line. 

The voting was as follows: 

139 yes 422 no – Trade arrangement without withdrawal deal

160 yes 400 no -Leave Eu with no-deal on 12 April

188 yes  283 no – Join EFTA and temporary customs 

65 yes 377 no  – Join EFTA: no customs union

264 yes 272 no – UK in permanent EU customs union

237 yes 307 no – EU customs union & ties with single market

184 yes 293 no – revoke Article 50 if no deal reached before exit  day

268 yes 295 no – Hold referendum on an exit deal

Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, says tonight’s results show there is no easy way forward and they strengthen the government’s view that the PM’s deal is the best option.

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