Donald Tusk today revealed he will urge EU leaders to agree a ‘long extension’ to Article 50 to give Britain time to ‘rethink’ as it emerged Theresa May is ready to have a third vote on her Brexit deal.
The President of the European Council’s intervention on Twitter this morning will bolster claims that the UK would not leave the EU until 2021 – or at all – unless Mrs May can persuade the DUP and Brexiteers to back her divorce deal.
The PM’s deal could be put to another vote as soon as next week – despite being defeated twice already – following Wednesday’s fresh humiliation in the Commons, where Remain MPs hijacked her plan to end the immediate risk of No Deal on March 29.
Today Chancellor Philip Hammond hinted that Attorney General Geoffrey Cox could revisit his legal advice on whether Britain would be trapped in the Irish backstop ‘indefinitely’ – unlocking votes for Mrs May’s deal.
But members of the Tory Brexit group ERG have already refused to budge with MP Steve Baker saying ‘come what may we will continue to vote down the deal’ while Mark Francois insisting Mrs May’s deal is ‘not a win – it’s a lose’, adding: ‘I was in the Army I wasn’t trained to lose’.
The DUP is said to have held talks with ministers last night and Tory Simon Clarke – sho has so far voted against the PM’s deal admitting he and other Eurosceptics could vote for the deal ‘with a gun to my head’ – a nod to the fact that a harder Brexit is slipping away.
And piling more pressure on European Council President Donald Tusk said he ‘will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it.’
Theresa May suffered another Commons defeat last night as MPs took No Deal off the table – and today Donald Tusk said that he would be pushing for a ‘long delay’ to Brexit if Mrs May can’t get her deal through withing days
A hardcore group of Tory Brexiteers have vowed to stop Mrs May’s deal ‘come what may’ with Mark Francois insisting: ‘I was in the Army I wasn’t trained to lose’
Last night, amid chaotic scenes, MPs voted twice against No Deal as a raft of pro-EU ministers abandoned the PM in a crucial vote and abstained. In the main division, MPs voted 321 to 278 to rule out No Deal.
The Prime Minister then set a deadline of next Wednesday for MPs to pass her deal or face the prospect of a long extension to Britain’s membership of the EU.
Her comments imply No10 is planning for one last heave in a desperate bid to get the deal over the line.
It comes as Attorney General Geoffrey Cox was said to be considering additions to his legal advice on Mrs May’s deal in a way that could persuade both Brexiteer Tories and the PM’s DUP allies to back the proposal.
Chief whip Julian Smith help meetings with the DUP to discuss Brexit yesterday, amid widespread speculation Mr Cox could highlight a new way of the UK leaving the controversial Irish backstop – if it is seen to undermine the Good Friday Agreement.
The advice was not included in his formal letter to the Prime Minister this week. But it was mentioned briefly during exchanges on Tuesday night between Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay and leading Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg, who is also said to be interested in the idea.
One senior Tory Eurosceptic told the Mail they believed the fresh advice would help reassure the DUP – and Tory Brexiteers – that the backstop was not permanent, removing the fear that the UK could be trapped in a customs union against its will.
‘I think that would be enough to get it over the line,’ the MP said.
The Cabinet discussed the possibility of reviving the deal yesterday, although Mrs May is said to have given no indication of her plans.
The new defeats prompted Mrs May to tell MPs they have a week to agree her Brexit deal or face delaying the country’s exit from the EU – potentially for years.
Tonight the Commons will vote on whether to ask EU leaders for an extension to Article 50, but Brussels has indicated it will not automatically agree to the request.
With a new ‘meaningful vote’ looming – just 24 hours after the ailing PM lost the second one by 149 votes – deep splits began to emerge among Brexit hardliners.
The leaders of the European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg, Steve Baker and Mark Francois vowed to fight on for a No Deal and defeat Mrs May’s deal for a third time.
Theresa May (pictured last night in the Commons) signalled she could hold a third vote on her Brexit deal as the only way to get Britain out of the EU withing weeks
Commons Speaker John Bercow (pictured in the Commons last night) will preside over another round of showdown votes tomorrow
MPs voted 312 to 308 in defiance of the Tory whips attempt to quash the plan to scrap No Deal for good. Mrs May had wanted to only rule it out on March 29 but keep it on the table for further talks.
Then, on a procedural second vote MPs voted 321 to 278 to confirm their original plan – defying a Government three line whip to block the rebel proposal at the second attempt
The leaders of the European Research Group Jacob Rees-Mogg, Steve Baker (left) and Mark Francois vowed to fight on for a No Deal and defeat Mrs May’s deal for a third time. But Tory Simon Clarke (right) admitted he and other Eurosceptics may have to vote for the deal ‘with a gun to my head’ if it is brought back for a third time.
The 12 ministers who abstained and the 17 Tories who voted against the Prime Minister
The 12 Conservative cabinet members and ministers who failed to vote or abstained:
Solicitor General Robert Buckland, Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt, Business Secretary Greg Clark, Defence minister Tobias Ellwood, Justice Secretary David Gauke, Business minister Richard Harrington, Health minister Stephen Hammond, Culture minister Margot James, Education minister Anne Milton, Scottish Secretary David Mundell, Business minister Claire Perry and Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd.
The 17 Conservatives who voted against the PM:
Guto Bebb (Aberconwy), Richard Benyon (Newbury), Nick Boles (Grantham and Stamford), Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe), Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon), George Freeman (Mid Norfolk), Justine Greening (Putney), Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield), Sam Gyimah (East Surrey), Phillip Lee (Bracknell), Oliver Letwin (West Dorset), Paul Masterton (East Renfrewshire), Sarah Newton (Truro and Falmouth), Mark Pawsey (Rugby), Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury), Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex), Edward Vaizey (Wantage).
After the votes, Mrs May warned the Commons it must ‘face up to the consequences’ of its votes over the past two days. MPs crushed her Brexit deal in a second so-called meaningful vote last night.
She said if her deal is not successful at a third meaningful vote, the EU would demand a long extension and Britain would have to take part in the European Parliament elections on May 23.
Mrs May said ‘the options before us are the same as they always have been’ despite MPs voting to reject a no-deal Brexit.
Amid open rebellion against Mrs May, Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton resigned as a minister at the Department for Work and Pensions, after defying the whips to vote for the cross-party proposal.
So what happens now? May plots vote on Brexit delay after No Deal showdown
The Government’s defeat and apparent lack of control over events paves the way for a dramatic series of votes tomorrow that could play a pivotal role in determining when the UK leaves the European Union.
How it unfolds will greatly affect what, if any, bargaining power the Prime Minister has when she goes to the European Council in Brussels to ask for a delay to Brexit on March 21.
Mrs May will set out two scenarios.
Firstly, if they pass a Brexit deal before the meeting of EU leaders in the Belgian capital, she will ask for a three-month extension to June 30 to allow it to be ratified by member states.
But if they do not manage to pass a deal before March 21 it sets out clearly that she will be forced to ask for a longer extension to look at alternatives, potentially for years.
Implicit in this is a threat to Brexiteers to get behind her deal at the third time of asking, or deal with the alternative.
Amid chaotic scenes, MPs first voted 312 to 308 in defiance of the Tory whips’ attempt to quash the plan to scrap No Deal for good. Mrs May had wanted to only rule it out on March 29 but keep it on the table as a bargaining tool in further talks.
Then, on a procedural second vote MPs voted 321 to 278 to confirm their original plan – defying a Government three line whip to block the rebel proposal at the second attempt.
The second defeat for the Government was worse because a raft of ministers – including Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Business Secretary Greg Clark and Justice Secretary David Gauke – abstained rather than vote against ruling out No Deal.
At least eight ministers refused to vote with the Prime Minister on her plans for No Deal – but Downing Street signalled they would not be fired unless they actively voted against.
The Commons also rejected a Brexiteer plan to try and secure radical 11th hour concessions from Brussels ahead of a delayed No Deal on May 22. MPs voted by a landslide 374 to 164 against the plan.
The immediate consequence is MPs will tomorrow vote on a motion about delaying Brexit. Mrs May will outline two choices in a debate tomorrow.
First she will say a short delay to June 30 could be agreed at next week’s EU Council – but only if they have passed the deal in a third ‘meaningful vote’ – which would have to be agreed by the end of next week.
If MPs refuse to do this, they must endorse an alternative Brexit plan and accept a much longer delay. The EU has hinted at a two year delay.
Speaking after the result was read out, the Prime Minister said: ‘The House has today provided a clear majority against leaving without a deal, however I will repeat what I said before.
‘These are about the choices this House faces. The legal default in EU and UK law is that the UK will leave without a deal unless something else is agreed. The onus is now on every one of us in this House to find out what that is.
‘The options before us are the same as they always have been.’
How did your MP vote last night? MPs sensationally took No Deal off the table 321 to 278
MPs voted in favour of an amended Government motion to reject a no-deal Brexit at any time and under any circumstances by 321 votes to 278, majority 43.
Labour Aye Votes (235)
Diane Abbott (Hackney North and Stoke Newington)
Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth)
Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green and Bow)
Rosena Allin-Khan (Tooting)
Mike Amesbury (Weaver Vale)
Tonia Antoniazzi (Gower)
Jonathan Ashworth (Leicester South)
Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West)
Margaret Beckett (Derby South)
Hilary Benn (Leeds Central)
Clive Betts (Sheffield South East)
Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham)
Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central)
Tracy Brabin (Batley and Spen)
Ben Bradshaw (Exeter)
Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West), Lyn Brown (West Ham)
Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East)
Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
Karen Buck (Westminster North)
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield)
Richard Burgon (Leeds East)
Dawn Butler (Brent Central)
Liam Byrne (Birmingham, Hodge Hill)
Ruth Cadbury (Brentford and Isleworth)
Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)
Alan Campbell (Tynemouth)
Dan Carden (Liverpool, Walton)
Sarah Champion (Rotherham)
Jenny Chapman (Darlington)
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley)
Vernon Coaker (Gedling)
Julie Cooper (Burnley)
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire)
Yvette Cooper (Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford)
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
Neil Coyle (Bermondsey and Old Southwark)
David Crausby (Bolton North East)
Mary Creagh (Wakefield)
Stella Creasy (Walthamstow)
Jon Cruddas (Dagenham and Rainham)
John Cryer (Leyton and Wanstead)
Judith Cummins (Bradford South)
Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)
Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)
Janet Daby (Lewisham East)
Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe)
Wayne David (Caerphilly)
Geraint Davies (Swansea West)
Marsha De Cordova (Battersea)
Gloria De Piero (Ashfield)
Thangam Debbonaire (Bristol West)
Emma Dent Coad (Kensington)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi (Slough)
Anneliese Dodds (Oxford East)
Stephen Doughty (Cardiff South and Penarth)
Peter Dowd (Bootle)
David Drew (Stroud)
Jack Dromey (Birmingham, Erdington)
Rosie Duffield (Canterbury)
Maria Eagle (Garston and Halewood)
Angela Eagle (Wallasey)
Clive Efford (Eltham)
Julie Elliott (Sunderland Central)
Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside)
Chris Elmore (Ogmore)
Bill Esterson (Sefton Central), Chris Evans (Islwyn)
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme)
Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse)
Colleen Fletcher (Coventry North East)
Caroline Flint (Don Valley)
Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield)
Vicky Foxcroft (Lewisham, Deptford)
James Frith (Bury North)
Gill Furniss (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough
Hugh Gaffney (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill)
Barry Gardiner (Brent North)
Ruth George (High Peak)
Preet Kaur Gill (Birmingham, Edgbaston)
Mary Glindon (North Tyneside)
Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Hall Green)
Helen Goodman (Bishop Auckland)
Kate Green (Stretford and Urmston)
Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South)
Margaret Greenwood (Wirral West)
Nia Griffith (Llanelli)
John Grogan (Keighley)
Louise Haigh (Sheffield, Heeley)
Fabian Hamilton (Leeds North East)
David Hanson (Delyn)
Emma Hardy (Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle)
Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham)
Carolyn Harris (Swansea East)
Helen Hayes (Dulwich and West Norwood)
Sue Hayman (Workington)
John Healey (Wentworth and Dearne)
Mark Hendrick (Preston)
Mike Hill (Hartlepool)
Meg Hillier (Hackney South and Shoreditch)
Margaret Hodge (Barking)
Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West)
Kate Hollern (Blackburn)
George Howarth (Knowsley)
Rupa Huq (Ealing Central and Acton)
Imran Hussain (Bradford East)
Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central)
Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North)
Darren Jones (Bristol North West)
Gerald Jones (Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney)
Graham P Jones (Hyndburn)
Helen Jones (Warrington North)
Kevan Jones (North Durham)
Sarah Jones (Croydon Central)
Susan Elan Jones (Clwyd South)
Mike Kane (Wythenshawe and Sale East)
Barbara Keeley (Worsley and Eccles South)
Liz Kendall (Leicester West)
Afzal Khan (Manchester, Gorton)
Ged Killen (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
Stephen Kinnock (Aberavon), Peter Kyle (Hove)
Lesley Laird (Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath)
David Lammy (Tottenham)
Ian Lavery (Wansbeck)
Karen Lee (Lincoln)
Emma Lewell-Buck (South Shields)
Clive Lewis (Norwich South)
Tony Lloyd (Rochdale)
Rebecca Long Bailey (Salford and Eccles)
Ian C. Lucas (Wrexham)
Holly Lynch (Halifax)
Justin Madders (Ellesmere Port and Neston)
Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr)
Shabana Mahmood (Birmingham, Ladywood)
Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston)
Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South)
Sandy Martin (Ipswich)
Rachael Maskell (York Central)
Christian Matheson (City of Chester)
Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak)
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East)
Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden)
Andy McDonald (Middlesbrough)
John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington)
Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East)
Conor McGinn (St Helens North)
Alison McGovern (Wirral South)
Liz McInnes (Heywood and Middleton)
Catherine McKinnell (Newcastle upon Tyne North)
Jim McMahon (Oldham West and Royton)
Anna McMorrin (Cardiff North)
Ian Mearns (Gateshead
Edward Miliband (Doncaster North)
Madeleine Moon (Bridgend)
Jessica Morden (Newport East)
Stephen Morgan (Portsmouth South)
Grahame Morris (Easington)
Ian Murray (Edinburgh South)
Lisa Nandy (Wigan)
Alex Norris (Nottingham North)
Melanie Onn (Great Grimsby)
Chi Onwurah (Newcastle upon Tyne Central)
Kate Osamor (Edmonton)
Albert Owen (Ynys M?n)
Stephanie Peacock (Barnsley East)
Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead)
Matthew Pennycook (Greenwich and Woolwich)
Toby Perkins (Chesterfield)
Jess Phillips (Birmingham, Yardley)
Bridget Phillipson (Houghton and Sunderland South)
Laura Pidcock (North West Durham)
Jo Platt (Leigh
Luke Pollard (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
Stephen Pound (Ealing North)
Lucy Powell (Manchester Central)
Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East)
Faisal Rashid (Warrington South)
Angela Rayner (Ashton-under-Lyne)
Steve Reed (Croydon North)
Christina Rees (Neath)
Ellie Reeves (Lewisham West and Penge)
Rachel Reeves (Leeds West)
Emma Reynolds (Wolverhampton North East
Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde)
Marie Rimmer (St Helens South and Whiston)
Geoffrey Robinson (Coventry North West)
Matt Rodda (Reading East)
Danielle Rowley (Midlothian)
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd
Lloyd Russell-Moyle (Brighton, Kemptown),
Naz Shah (Bradford West),
Virendra Sharma (Ealing, Southall),
Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield),
Paula Sherriff (Dewsbury),
Tulip Siddiq (Hampstead and Kilburn),
Dennis Skinner (Bolsover),
Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith),
Ruth Smeeth (Stoke-on-Trent North),
Cat Smith (Lancaster and Fleetwood),
Eleanor Smith (Wolverhampton South West),
Jeff Smith (Manchester, Withington),
Laura Smith (Crewe and Nantwich),
Owen Smith (Pontypridd),
Karin Smyth (Bristol South),
Gareth Snell (Stoke-on-Trent Central),
Alex Sobel (Leeds North West),
John Spellar (Warley),
Keir Starmer (Holborn and St Pancras),
Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central),
Wes Streeting (Ilford North),
Paul Sweeney (Glasgow North East),
Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside),
Gareth Thomas (Harrow West),
Nick Thomas-Symonds (Torfaen),
Emily Thornberry (Islington South and Finsbury),
Stephen Timms (East Ham),
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth),
Anna Turley (Redcar),
Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East),
Derek Twigg (Halton),
Stephen Twigg (Liverpool, West Derby),
Liz Twist (Blaydon),
Keith Vaz (Leicester East),
Valerie Vaz (Walsall South),
Thelma Walker (Colne Valley),
Tom Watson (West Bromwich East),
Catherine West (Hornsey and Wood Green),
Matt Western (Warwick and Leamington),
Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test),
Martin Whitfield (East Lothian),
Paul Williams (Stockton South),
Phil Wilson (Sedgefield),
Mohammad Yasin (Bedford),
Daniel Zeichner (Cambridge)
Tory No Votes (265)
Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty),
Adam Afriyie (Windsor),
Peter Aldous (Waveney),
Lucy Allan (Telford),
David Amess (Southend West),
Stuart Andrew (Pudsey),
Edward Argar (Charnwood),
Victoria Atkins (Louth and Horncastle),
Richard Bacon (South Norfolk),
Kemi Badenoch (Saffron Walden),
Steve Baker (Wycombe),
Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire),
Stephen Barclay (North East Cambridgeshire),
John Baron (Basildon and Billericay),
Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk),
Paul Beresford (Mole Valley),
Jake Berry (Rossendale and Darwen),
Bob Blackman (Harrow East),
Crispin Blunt (Reigate),
Peter Bone (Wellingborough),
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West),
Andrew Bowie (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine),
Ben Bradley (Mansfield),
Karen Bradley (Staffordshire Moorlands),
Graham Brady (Altrincham and Sale West),
Suella Braverman (Fareham), Jack Brereton (Stoke-on-Trent South),
Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire),
Steve Brine (Winchester),
James Brokenshire (Old Bexley and Sidcup),
Fiona Bruce (Congleton),
Alex Burghart (Brentwood and Ongar),
Conor Burns (Bournemouth West),
Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan),
James Cartlidge (South Suffolk),
William Cash (Stone),
Maria Caulfield (Lewes),
Alex Chalk (Cheltenham),
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham),
Christopher Chope (Christchurch),
Jo Churchill (Bury St Edmunds),
Colin Clark (Gordon),
Simon Clarke (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland),
James Cleverly (Braintree),
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds),
Therese Coffey (Suffolk Coastal),
Damian Collins (Folkestone and Hythe),
Robert Courts (Witney),
Geoffrey Cox (Torridge and West Devon),
Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford),
Chris Davies (Brecon and Radnorshire),
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth),
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire),
Mims Davies (Eastleigh),
Philip Davies (Shipley),
David Davis (Haltemprice and Howden),
Caroline Dinenage (Gosport),
Leo Docherty (Aldershot), Michelle Donelan (Chippenham),
Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire),
Steve Double (St Austell and Newquay),
Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere),
Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock),
Richard Drax (South Dorset),
James Duddridge (Rochford and Southend East),
David Duguid (Banff and Buchan),
Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green),
Alan Duncan (Rutland and Melton),
Philip Dunne (Ludlow),
Michael Ellis (Northampton North),
Charlie Elphicke (Dover),
George Eustice (Camborne and Redruth),
Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley),
David Evennett (Bexleyheath and Crayford),
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield),
Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks),
Mark Field (Cities of London and Westminster),
Kevin Foster (Torbay),
Liam Fox (North Somerset),
Mark Francois (Rayleigh and Wickford),
Lucy Frazer (South East Cambridgeshire),
Marcus Fysh (Yeovil),
Roger Gale (North Thanet),
Mark Garnier (Wyre Forest),
Nusrat Ghani (Wealden),
Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis and Littlehampton),
Cheryl Gillan (Chesham and Amersham),
John Glen (Salisbury),
Zac Goldsmith (Richmond Park),
Robert Goodwill (Scarborough and Whitby),
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath),
Luke Graham (Ochil and South Perthshire),
Bill Grant (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock),
Helen Grant (Maidstone and The Weald),
James Gray (North Wiltshire),
Chris Grayling (Epsom and Ewell),
Chris Green (Bolton West),
Andrew Griffiths (Burton),
Kirstene Hair (Angus),
Robert Halfon (Harlow),
Luke Hall (Thornbury and Yate),
Philip Hammond (Runnymede and Weybridge),
Matt Hancock (West Suffolk),
Greg Hands (Chelsea and Fulham),
Mark Harper (Forest of Dean),
Rebecca Harris (Castle Point),
Trudy Harrison (Copeland),
Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire),
John Hayes (South Holland and The Deepings),
James Heappey (Wells),
Chris Heaton-Harris (Daventry),
Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne and Sheppey),
Nick Herbert (Arundel and South Downs),
Damian Hinds (East Hampshire),
George Hollingbery (Meon Valley),
Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton),
Philip Hollobone (Kettering), Adam Holloway (Gravesham),
John Howell (Henley),
Eddie Hughes (Walsall North),
Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey),
Nick Hurd (Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner),
Sajid Javid (Bromsgrove),
Ranil Jayawardena (North East Hampshire),
Bernard Jenkin (Harwich and North Essex),
Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood),
Robert Jenrick (Newark),
Boris Johnson (Uxbridge and South Ruislip),
Caroline Johnson (Sleaford and North Hykeham),
Gareth Johnson (Dartford),
Andrew Jones (Harrogate and Knaresborough),
David Jones (Clwyd West),
Marcus Jones (Nuneaton),
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham),
Gillian Keegan (Chichester), Seema Kennedy (South Ribble),
Stephen Kerr (Stirling), Julian Knight (Solihull),
Greg Knight (East Yorkshire),
Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne),
John Lamont (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk),
Mark Lancaster (Milton Keynes North),
Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire),
Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire),
Edward Leigh (Gainsborough),
Andrew Lewer (Northampton South),
Brandon Lewis (Great Yarmouth),
Julian Lewis (New Forest East),
Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater and West Somerset),
David Lidington (Aylesbury),
Julia Lopez (Hornchurch and Upminster),
Jack Lopresti (Filton and Bradley Stoke),
Jonathan Lord (Woking),
Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham),
Craig Mackinlay (South Thanet),
Rachel Maclean (Redditch),
Anne Main (St Albans),
Alan Mak (Havant),
Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire),
Scott Mann (North Cornwall),
Theresa May (Maidenhead),
Paul Maynard (Blackpool North and Cleveleys),
Patrick McLoughlin (Derbyshire Dales),
Stephen McPartland (Stevenage),
Esther McVey (Tatton),
Mark Menzies (Fylde),
Johnny Mercer (Plymouth, Moor View),
Huw Merriman (Bexhill and Battle),
Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock),
Maria Miller (Basingstoke),
Amanda Milling (Cannock Chase),
Nigel Mills (Amber Valley),
Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield),
Damien Moore (Southport),
Penny Mordaunt (Portsmouth North),
Nicky Morgan (Loughborough),
Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot),
David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale),
James Morris (Halesowen and Rowley Regis),
Wendy Morton (Aldridge-Brownhills),
Sheryll Murray (South East Cornwall),
Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire),
Robert Neill (Bromley and Chislehurst),
Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North),
Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire),
Neil O’Brien (Harborough),
Matthew Offord (Hendon),
Guy Opperman (Hexham),
Neil Parish (Tiverton and Honiton),
Priti Patel (Witham),
Owen Paterson (North Shropshire),
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead),
John Penrose (Weston-super-Mare),
Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole),
Chris Philp (Croydon South),
Christopher Pincher (Tamworth),
Dan Poulter (Central Suffolk and North Ipswich),
Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane),
Mark Prisk (Hertford and Stortford),
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin),
Tom Pursglove (Corby),
Will Quince (Colchester),
Dominic Raab (Esher and Walton),
John Redwood (Wokingham),
Jacob Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset),
Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury),
Mary Robinson (Cheadle),
Andrew Rosindell (Romford),
Douglas Ross (Moray),
Lee Rowley (North East Derbyshire),
David Rutley (Macclesfield),
Paul Scully (Sutton and Cheam),
Bob Seely (Isle of Wight),
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire),
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield),
Alok Sharma (Reading West),
Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet and Rothwell),
Chris Skidmore (Kingswood),
Chloe Smith (Norwich North),
Henry Smith (Crawley),
Julian Smith (Skipton and Ripon),
Royston Smith (Southampton, Itchen),
Mark Spencer (Sherwood),
Andrew Stephenson (Pendle),
John Stevenson (Carlisle),
Bob Stewart (Beckenham),
Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South),
Rory Stewart (Penrith and The Border),
Mel Stride (Central Devon),
Graham Stuart (Beverley and Holderness),
Julian Sturdy (York Outer),
Rishi Sunak (Richmond (Yorks)),
Desmond Swayne (New Forest West),
Hugo Swire (East Devon),
Robert Syms (Poole),
Derek Thomas (St Ives),
Ross Thomson (Aberdeen South),
Maggie Throup (Erewash),
Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester and Strood),
Justin Tomlinson (North Swindon),
Michael Tomlinson (Mid Dorset and North Poole),
Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire),
David Tredinnick (Bosworth),
Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Berwick-upon-Tweed),
Elizabeth Truss (South West Norfolk),
Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge and Malling),
Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire),
Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes),
Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet),
Charles Walker (Broxbourne),
Robin Walker (Worcester),
Ben Wallace (Wyre and Preston North),
David Warburton (Somerton and Frome),
Matt Warman (Boston and Skegness),
Giles Watling (Clacton),
Helen Whately (Faversham and Mid Kent),
Heather Wheeler (South Derbyshire),
Craig Whittaker (Calder Valley),
John Whittingdale (Maldon),
Bill Wiggin (North Herefordshire),
Gavin Williamson (South Staffordshire),
Mike Wood (Dudley South),
William Wragg (Hazel Grove),
Jeremy Wright (Kenilworth and Southam),
Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon).
Labour No Votes (2)
Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow)
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall
DUP No Votes (10)
Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry),
Nigel Dodds (Belfast North),
Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley),
Paul Girvan (South Antrim),
Emma Little Pengelly (Belfast South),
Ian Paisley (North Antrim),
Gavin Robinson (Belfast East),
Jim Shannon (Strangford),
David Simpson (Upper Bann),
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim).
Independent No Vote (1)
Sylvia Hermon (North Down)
Tory Aye Votes (17)
Guto Bebb (Aberconwy)
Richard Benyon (Newbury)
Nick Boles (Grantham and Stamford)
Kenneth Clarke (Rushcliffe)
Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon)
George Freeman (Mid Norfolk)
Justine Greening (Putney)
Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield)
Sam Gyimah (East Surrey)
Phillip Lee (Bracknell)
Oliver Letwin (West Dorset)
Paul Masterton (East Renfrewshire)
Sarah Newton (Truro and Falmouth)
Mark Pawsey (Rugby)
Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury)
Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex)
Edward Vaizey (Wantage)
SNP Aye Votes (35)
Hannah Bardell (Livingston),
Mhairi Black (Paisley and Renfrewshire South),
Ian Blackford (Ross, Skye and Lochaber),
Kirsty Blackman (Aberdeen North),
Deidre Brock (Edinburgh North and Leith),
Alan Brown (Kilmarnock and Loudoun),
Lisa Cameron (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow),
Douglas Chapman (Dunfermline and West Fife),
Joanna Cherry (Edinburgh South West),
Ronnie Cowan (Inverclyde),
Angela Crawley (Lanark and Hamilton East),
Martyn Day (Linlithgow and East Falkirk),
Martin Docherty-Hughes (West Dunbartonshire),
Marion Fellows (Motherwell and Wishaw),
Stephen Gethins (North East Fife),
Patricia Gibson (North Ayrshire and Arran),
Patrick Grady (Glasgow North),
Peter Grant (Glenrothes),
Neil Gray (Airdrie and Shotts),
Drew Hendry (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey),
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East),
Chris Law (Dundee West),
David Linden (Glasgow East),
Angus Brendan MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar),
Stewart Malcolm McDonald (Glasgow South),
Stuart C. McDonald (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East),
John McNally (Falkirk),
Carol Monaghan (Glasgow North West),
Gavin Newlands (Paisley and Renfrewshire North),
Brendan O’Hara (Argyll and Bute),
Tommy Sheppard (Edinburgh East),
Chris Stephens (Glasgow South West),
Alison Thewliss (Glasgow Central),
Philippa Whitford (Central Ayrshire),
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire).
INDEPENDENT GROUP NO VOTES (11)
Heidi Allen (Independent – South Cambridgeshire)
Luciana Berger (Independent – Liverpool, Wavertree)
Ann Coffey (Independent – Stockport)
Mike Gapes (Independent – Ilford South)
Chris Leslie (Independent – Nottingham East)
Joan Ryan (Independent – Enfield North)
Angela Smith (Independent – Penistone and Stocksbridge)
Anna Soubry (Independent – Broxtowe)
Gavin Shuker (Independent – Luton South)
Chuka Umunna (Independent – Streatham)
Sarah Wollaston (Independent – Totnes)
OTHER NO VOTES (22)
Tom Brake (Liberal Democrat – Carshalton and Wallington)
Vince Cable (Liberal Democrat – Twickenham)
Alistair Carmichael (Liberal Democrat – Orkney and Shetland)
Edward Davey (Liberal Democrat – Kingston and Surbiton)
Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat – Westmorland and Lonsdale)
Christine Jardine (Liberal Democrat – Edinburgh West)
Ben Lake (Plaid Cymru – Ceredigion)
Norman Lamb (Liberal Democrat – North Norfolk)
Kelvin Hopkins (Independent – Luton North)
Ivan Lewis (Independent – Bury South)
Caroline Lucas (Green Party – Brighton, Pavilion)
Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru – Dwyfor Meirionnydd)
Jared O’Mara (Independent – Sheffield, Hallam)
Fiona Onasanya (Independent – Peterborough)
Jamie Stone (Liberal Democrat – Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross)
Jo Swinson (Liberal Democrat – East Dunbartonshire)
Hywel Williams (Plaid Cymru – Arfon)
Chris Williamson (Independent – Derby North)
John Woodcock (Independent – Barrow and Furness)
Theresa May arrived back at the Commons this evening ahead of the votes which ruled out Britain leaving with No Deal on March 29 and has now paved the way for Brexit to be delayed
Last night’s votes do not change the law and Brexiteers insist it is not binding – but it will be seen in Brussels as a clear signal Britain is blinking over Brexit.
MPs vote to block no-deal – what does the Spelman amendment mean for Brexit?
Last night’s vote on the Spelman amendment sends out a strong symbolic and political message even if it does not actually change the law.
The amendment passed by 312 votes to 308 is non-binding on the Government, so they can choose to ignore it if they wish.
Ms Spelman and Mr Dromey saw a similar amendment pass in January but it has fallen by the wayside.
Avoiding No Deal entirely can only be done in two ways: revoking Article 50 and cancelling Brexit or by adopting the Brexit deal.
A delay to Brexit of several months or longer would postpone that choice – and would require a change in the law which spells out exit day as March 29 – but it cannot be avoided forever.
But it does indicate the strength of feeling among MPs that a no-deal Brexit must be avoided and will be seen in Brussels as a clear signal Britain is blinking with the deadline just days away.
This is likely to have a huge impact when and if Theresa May heads to Brussels to ask for an extension to Article 50 to achieve a workable Brexit deal.
Avoiding No Deal entirely can only be done in two ways: revoking Article 50 and cancelling Brexit or by adopting the Brexit deal.
A delay to Brexit of several months or longer would postpone that choice – and would require a change in the law which spells out exit day as March 29 – but it cannot be avoided forever.
In the aftermath of the vote, European Research Group chairman Jacob Rees-Mogg said the amendment had no legal force.
He told Sky News: ‘We live under a system of law and a motion passed in Parliament does not override the law.’
Earlier, The PM could do no more than nod in support as the Environment Secretary set out the Government’s plan to block a No Deal Brexit on Britain’s scheduled exit date – but desperately try to keep it on the table.
Brexiteers pushed an alternative plan based on the so-called Malthouse Compromise. It says the Government should delay Brexit until May 22, and offer to ‘buy’ an almost three-year transition period until 2021.
The idea was there is either a full-blown UK-EU trade deal in place by then or both sides are ready for a No Deal on basic World Trade Organisation terms.
The Eurosceptics say if the EU rejects the offer, Britain must crash out without a deal on May 22 – following a short two month delay to prepare.
The Brexiteer plan was defeated by a landslide after Remain MPs secured enough support to win on the Spelman plan.
With Mrs May’s voice failing Mr Gove began the debate by praising her saying: ‘She may temporarily have lost her voice, but what she has not lost, and will never lose, is her focus in the national interest, and a full-hearted desire to do what is right for our country.’
In a desperate last attempt to win round support, Mrs May met with members of her Cabinet inside Parliament ahead of the votes at 7pm.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn whipped his Labour MPs to vote against Mrs May’s plan and back the Spelman amendment.
Irish premier Leo Varadkar has said that if the United Kingdom wants to change its mind over Brexit, it would be welcomed back like the ‘Prodigal Son’.
Ahead of the debate, Chancellor Philip Hammond used his Spring Statement to issue a stark warning about No Deal and called for the Commons to ‘compromise’.
Theresa May is losing her voice and asked Michael Gove to open the debate ahead of a vote on taking No Deal off the table – having previously said she would speak
Mr Gove paid tribute to Mrs May’s efforts in her negotiations and said: #She always, always, always acts in the national interest – we are lucky to have her’
Michael Gove said that since Mrs May lost the first meaningful vote on her Withdrawal Agreement in January she has spent ‘more than 19 hours at the despatch box’, and: ‘Has shown fortitude, tenacity, thoughtfulness, diligence – and above all an unselfish and unstinting patriotism.’
Mr Gove said it was only appropriate that ‘on all sides of the House’ MPs recognise the way in which the Prime Minister ‘always, always, always puts country first’ – but told them that after rejecting her deal they now have ‘difficult choices to make’ about Brexit.
Earlier the croaky Tory leader insisted she understood Britain’s demand to get Brexit done as she croaked through PMQs with a blast at Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to help pass her deal.
Hours after she was humiliated by a second drubbing at the hands of MPs, Mrs May returned to the Despatch Box to insist: ‘I want to leave the EU with a good deal – I believe we have a good deal.’
The Prime Minister is already fighting for her political life after being humiliated by a crushing Commons defeat last night which saw her on the ‘last chance’ Brexit deal voted down by 391 to 242.
At Prime Minister’s Questions Mrs May confronted MPs for the first time since the fresh humiliation. She made light of her own inability to speak blasted at Mr Corbyn: ‘I may not have my own voice but I understand the voice of the country.’
Mrs May repeatedly told MPs that the only way to take no deal off the table for good was to either cancel Brexit altogether or ultimately back her deal.
But an hour later Chancellor Philip Hammond used his Spring Statement to undermine his leader by calling for No Deal to be taken off the table by MPs. Minutes later Liz Truss undermined him by saying: ‘No deal would be better than not Brexit-ing’.
What is the Spelman no No Deal plan?
How did the plan come about?
The cross party amendment tabled by Tory Dame Caroline Spelman and Labour’s Jack Dromey is their latest attempt to block a No Deal Brexit.
They laid a similar one in January which was passed by the Commons.
But it is none-binding and the goalposts have been moved by Mrs May’s two failed attempts to get a Brexit deal through parliament.
So they are doing it again.
What does it propose?
Quite simply it rejects a No Deal Brexit at any time and under any circumstances.
Who is backing it?
A cross-party group of mainly Remain-supporting MPs, including Sir Oliver Letwin, Hilary Benn, Nick Boles and Yvette Cooper, as well as all 11 members of the new Independent Group.
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour is expected to whip his MPs in favour of the plan.
Who opposes it?
Theresa May is to whip her MPs to oppose it – including Dame Caroline – under pressure from Brexiteer ministers who have threatened to quit if no-deal is removed as an option.
They regard it as an important tool in persuading the EU to offer the UK a better deal, even at this late stage with just 16 days until Britain is supposed to leave the European Union.
How much would the UK have to pay?
Passing this amendment would more firmly pave the way to tomorrow’s vote on asking the EU for an extension of Article 50.
If a delay to Brexit was agreed with the European Union Britain would have to continue to pay contributions.
How much this is would depend on how long an extension is achieved.
It has been reported that Brussels will demand another £13.5billion in Brexit divorce payments if Theresa May seeks an extension to Article 50.
The deal obliges Britain to pay about £39billion in divorce settlement.
What is the ‘Malthouse Compromise’?
How did the plan come about?
Housing minister Kit Malthouse brought Remain and Leave-supporting Tories together in a bid to break the Brexit impasse – concocting the plan which now bears his name.
What does the ‘Malthouse Compromise’ propose?
In simple terms, it calls for the UK to negotiate a new transition period until 2021 or leave the EU in May if Brussels fails to offer an agreement.
The plan contains two choices to be offered to the EU: one for how the UK will leave with a deal, and one for how it will leave without.
Plan A is similar to the current Withdrawal Agreement, but with changes to replace the Irish backstop and the implementation period with ‘alternative arrangements’.
Plan B assumes that agreement on the Withdrawal Agreement is not possible and creates a ‘transitional standstill period’.
How is plan B different to May’s deal?
The current Withdrawal Agreement is stripped down to little more than the deal on citizens’ rights and the transition period. This would be extended by a year until no later than December 2021.
The aim of this is to provide a longer period to agree the future relationship, but it could also involve paying more money to the EU.
The second major difference is to the controversial backstop, which would be deleted. Instead, if there is no trade deal at the end of transition the UK and EU would use a ‘basic free trade agreement’ – essentially trading with the EU on WTO rules. It relies on existing administrative processes.
Is plan B different to a no-deal Brexit?
Yes – the plans says Britain would remain in a transition period on existing rules for three years outside the EU.
The UK would become a third country, in practice, but would offer to pay the EU in exchange for retaining the implementation period until no later than December 2021. Plan A would remain on offer as long as the EU was willing to consider it.
If there is still no trade deal in place by the end of the three year transition, then Britain would finally leave with no deal.
How much would the UK have to pay?
Under plan B, Britain would offer around £10 billion per year in exchange for the tranition period to continue.
Theresa May insisted in PMQs she understood Britain’s demand to get Brexit done as she croaked through PMQs (pictured) with a blast at Jeremy Corbyn for refusing to help pass her deal. But it appears her voice was too weak to go again this afternoon
Britain will face ‘significant disruption’ in the short and medium term if it crashes out of the European Union without a deal, Philip Hammond has warned, as he called for no-deal to be taken off the table.
The Chancellor, delivering his Spring Statement to MPs, said there would be a ‘smaller, less prosperous’ economy in the long term, with higher unemployment, lower wages and higher prices in shops.
In comments seen as a veiled call for a softer Brexit, he called for a compromise on what the Commons can agree to in the national interest.
Mr Hammond said the economy was ‘fundamentally robust’ but pleaded with MPs to lift the ‘uncertainty’ that ‘hangs over’ the UK because of the no-deal threat, after Theresa May’s deal was rejected for the second time on Tuesday night.
He said: ‘Our economy is fundamentally robust but the uncertainty that I hoped we would lift last night still hangs over it.
‘We cannot allow that to continue: it is damaging our economy and it is damaging our standing and reputation in the world.
‘Tonight, we have a choice: we can remove the threat of an imminent no-deal exit hanging over our economy.
‘Tomorrow, we will have the opportunity to start to map out a way forward – towards building a consensus across this House for a deal we can collectively support, to exit the EU in an orderly way to a future relationship that will allow Britain to flourish.’
A Treasury source insisted Mr Hammond supported the Prime Minister’s deal, saying: ‘He has been very clear that he supports the PM’s deal but he has also been saying for months that compromise is how we get through this and he is calling for compromise.’
Earlier, Senior Brexiteer Steve Baker, a key figure in the hardline European Research Group, said the new version of the Malthouse Compromise would ‘throw three safety nets’ around leaving the EU without a Withdrawal Agreement on March 29.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that plan A remained putting ‘alternative arrangements’ in place to replace the backstop in the Withdrawal Agreement that was defeated last night.
The ‘sledgehammer’ tariffs threatened on EU products if there is a No Deal Brexit
Proposed tariff rates on a range of food products were announced as a proportion of the so-called ‘most favoured nation’ (MFN) currently imposed by the EU on imports from countries which do not have a free trade agreement.
Lamb/mutton: 100% of MFN
Beef 53% of MFN
Poultry 60% of MFN
Pork 13% of MFN
Butter 32% of MFN
Cheddar-like cheese 13% of MFN
Protected fish and seafood products 100% of MFN
Milled and semi-milled products (83%).
Finished buses: 12.6%
Finished cars and trucks: 10.6%
Transport equipment: 2.9%
Textiles and textile products: 0.9%
Stone and cement: 0.3%
Leather and hides: 0.2%
Mineral products: 0.2%
Chemical products: 0.1%
Plastics and rubber: 0.1%
The second element was to ‘buy’ an implementation period ‘so they get about £10 billion a year and we all get a transition arrangement’.
The third was offering ‘standstill’ arrangements with the EU to provide a third way to have a smooth exit.
The EU’s Michel Barnier has repeatedly stressed that a transition arrangement could only be offered if there was a formal Withdrawal Agreement, but Mr Baker said ‘negotiability is a dynamic concept’.
He repeated there will be no further offer from Brussels apart from the deal already on the table, and it is now ‘the responsibility of the UK’ to suggest a way forward.
He told the European Parliament: ‘What will their choice be, what will be the line they will take? That is the question we need a clear answer to now.
‘That is the question that has to be answered before a decision on a possible further extension
‘Why would we extend these discussions? The discussion on Article 50 is done and dusted. We have the Withdrawal Agreement. It is there.
‘That is the question asked and we are waiting for an answer to that.
Mr Barnier added: ‘The risk of no-deal has never been higher. That is the risk of an exit – even by accident – by the UK from the EU in a disorderly fashion.’
In other developments, Brexiteers insisted that a No Deal Brexit would be ‘good news’ for Britain despite ministers revealing alarming new tariffs that would be charged on products imported from the EU.
The new import taxes will be imposed on items from the continent including cars, meat and cheese if the UK crashes out of the bloc on March 29 – but will not apply in Northern Ireland.
But excited members of the Tory ERG group led by Jacob Rees-Mogg were quick to point out that the arrangements would ensure nine out of ten global imports would land in Britain completely tax-free without an EU deal.
Tory Brexiteer and ERG chairman Steve Baker said: ‘No Deal is nothing to be scared of – it’s just Brexit with many mini-deals’ while ERG spokesman Sir Bill Cash, who is also Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee, said these tariffs will help the British public ‘enormously’ making ‘imports much cheaper’ from non-EU countries.
The new levies would force up prices on EU imports including cars and many foods plus products such as televisions and leather jackets
At the moment products from EU countries such as Germany and France can be imported into Britain without any charges under the single market, but if Britain leaves without a deal the Government will have to introduce new import taxes.
However in a seemingly confusing loophole in No Deal plan, Northern Ireland’s border would remain open at least ‘temporarily’ and goods entering from the Republic would not face tariffs to preserve the Good Friday agreement.
The situation will raise fears that the Northern Irish border could become a smuggling route for EU products.
Under the No Deal plan revealed yesterday morning, 87 per cent of products would be subject to zero tariffs in an effort to stop price spikes and kick-start trade with Britain from across the world. The current figure is 80 per cent.
Critics have said that a No Deal would be a ‘disaster’ for Britain who would be ‘blocked’ from trading with its closest trading partner – the EU.
CBI director-general Carolyn Fairbairn said: ‘This tells us everything that is wrong with a no-deal.
‘What we are hearing is the biggest change in terms of trade this country has faced since the mid-19th century being imposed on this country with no consultation with business, no time to prepare.
‘This is a sledgehammer for our economy.’
The new tariff regime would be applied temporarily in an attempt to minimise disruption to the economy and stop price hikes.
But ministers said products from the EU including beef, pork, chicken, butter, cheese and fish would also be subject to import taxes expected to push up prices in the supermarkets from March 29 if there is no agreement.
Cars from the EU would be subject to a a 10.6 per tax on the cost of all ‘fully finished’ vehicles – making the prices of an average vehicle surge by £1,500.
Among the 13 per cent of imports – most from the EU – which will be subject to tariffs, will be:
- Beef, lamb, pork and poultry and some dairy products including butter and cheese – in order to protect UK farmers and producers from cheap imports;
- A number of tariffs on finished new cars, vans, lorries and buses imported from the EU – but charges will not apply to vehicle parts imported from the EU to prevent disruption to supply chains;
- Ceramics, fertiliser and fuel, where tariffs protect UK producers against unfair practices like dumping and state subsidies;
- Goods including bananas, raw cane sugar and certain kinds of fish, where tariffs are used to permit preferential access to the UK market for developing countries.
On the new tariff regime, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told Today it was a ‘modest liberalisation’ of trade, adding: ‘This is for a short term while we engage with business and see what the real-term consequences are’.
But British Retail Consortium chief executive Helen Dickinson hit back: ‘Even as the Brexit clock approaches midnight, MPs continue to squabble.
‘Yet it is the public who will feel the impact of a No Deal Brexit – tariffs, non-tariff barriers and currency depreciation will all push up costs and reduce the choice on the shelves we currently enjoy.
‘Businesses are exasperated by the lack of clarity over their future trading arrangements’.
Hammond promises a £26BILLION ‘deal dividend’: Chancellor warns crashing out means ‘job losses, lower wages and higher prices’
Philip Hammond dangled a £26billion ‘deal dividend’ in front of MPs yesterday as he issued stark warnings about the risks of crashing out.
The Chancellor used his Spring Statement to insist that a no-deal Brexit would mean ‘higher unemployment, lower wages and higher prices in the shops’.
Mr Hammond appealed for ‘consensus’ over how Britain should leave the EU, as he painted a rosy picture of the economy if Brexit hardliners back down and endorse the deal.
The Chancellor said the economy would continue to grow in every year to 2023 – at a faster rate than Germany – if the deal is agreed, even with a slowdown this year.
He said the strong economy meant Britain was taking ‘another step of… the road out of austerity’ if it avoided a no deal shock.
Mr Hammond said if MPs pass the deal he will decide in the Spending Review later this year how to share the proceeds from any ‘Deal Dividend’ that Treasury aides said was worth £26billion – £11billion more than thought at the Budget in November.
The money is available deal or no deal – but would be soaked up dealing with the consequences of no deal if Britain crashes out of the bloc.
If there is a deal, the money would go on increased spending on public services, capital investment and keeping taxes low.
Mr Hammond also announced a £100million funding boost to combat knife crime. The money will pay for a ‘surge’ in street policing in an effort to tackle rising levels of violence on the country’s streets.
There were also spending announcements on free sanitary products for schools and a package to tackle climate change.
In the Spring Statement this lunchtime, the Chancellor is expected to pledge an immediate £100million boost for police forces
The latest economic forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility suggest the economy will be slower this year than expected in November (pictured) but with growth every year to 2023
Philip Hammond (pictured leaving No 11 Downing Street) will announce a major funding boost to combat knife crime as he unveils his spring statement 16 days before Brexit
Spring Statement 2019: What has Hammond revealed?
- The Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts GDP growth of 1.2% this year, then 1.4% in 2020 and 1.6% for each of the following three years.
- The OBR expects to see 600,000 new jobs by 2023, with wage growth at 3% or higher in each year of the forecast period.
- UK debt is forecast to be lower in every year than predicted at the Budget, falling to 82.2% of GDP next year, then 79%, 74.9% and 74% in the following years and 73% in 2023/24.
- £260 million for the Borderlands Growth deal covering the border regions of England and Scotland and said negotiations are progressing on future deals for mid-Wales and Derry/Londonderry.
- A £700 million package of reforms to help small businesses take on more apprentices, announced in the autumn Budget, is to be brought forward to the start of the new financial year in April.
- From June, the UK will begin to abolish the requirement for paper landing cards at points of entry to the country and will allow citizens of the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, Singapore and South Korea to use e-gates at airports and Eurostar terminals.
- Funding of £79 million allocated to the ARCHER2 supercomputer at Edinburgh University, £45 million for genomics research at the European Bioinformatics Institute and £81 million for a new Extreme Photonics Centre in Oxfordshire, along with a guarantee of UK funding for the JET nuclear fusion reactor, whatever happens with Brexit.
- The Government will fund free sanitary products in secondary schools and colleges in England from the next school year.
- Some 445,000 square kilometres of ocean around Ascension Island to be declared a Marine Protected Area.
- A new £3 billion Affordable Homes Guarantee scheme to support delivery of around 30,000 affordable homes and £717 million from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to unlock up to 37,000 new homes on sites in West London, Cheshire, Didcot and Cambridge.
In his 35-minute statement, Mr Hammond said that Tuesday’s vote to reject the EU Withdrawal Agreement ‘leaves a cloud of uncertainty hanging over the economy’ and his most urgent task is to lift it.
He announced the latest economic forecasts from the Office for Budget Responsibility suggest the economy will be sharply slower this year than expected – with a downgrade from 1.6per cent to 1.2 per cent – in November.
But growth will rise again to 1.6 per cent a year in 2021, 2022 and 2023, the forecasts say.
He said: ‘Last night’s events mean we are not where I hoped we would be today.
‘Our economy is fundamentally robust. But the uncertainty that I hoped we would lift last night, still hangs over us.
‘We cannot allow that to continue. It is damaging our economy and it is damaging our standing and reputation in the world.
‘Tonight, we have a choice. We can remove the threat of an imminent no-deal exit hanging over our economy.
‘Tomorrow, we will have the opportunity to start to map out a way forward towards building a consensus across this House for a deal we can, collectively support, to exit the EU in an orderly way to a future relationship that will allow Britain to flourish, protecting jobs and businesses
‘A brighter future is within our grasp. Tonight, let’s take a decisive step towards seizing it and building a Britain fit for the future; a Britain the next generation will be proud to call their home.’
The Chancellor warned that the country’s economic progress will be at risk in a no-deal Brexit, and said he was ‘confident’ that the Commons will agree a smooth and orderly EU withdrawal ‘over the coming weeks’.
Mr Hammond told MPs: ‘A no-deal Brexit would deliver a significant short- to medium-term reduction in the productive capacity of the British economy.
‘And because our economy is operating at near full capacity, any fiscal and monetary response would have to be carefully calibrated not to simply cause inflation.’
Mr Hammond said he will decide in the Spending Review later this year how to share the proceeds from any ‘Deal Dividend’, if the UK leaves the EU with a deal, between increased spending on public services, capital investment and keeping taxes low.
Responding to Mr Hammond’s statement, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: ‘We have just witnessed a display by the Chancellor of this Government’s toxic mix of callous complacency over austerity and … mishandling of Brexit.’
Mr Hammond is also expected to warn that money to end austerity can be found only if MPs vote to leave the EU with a deal. He is expected to unveil a ‘deal dividend’ of £20 billion to invest in public services. PIctured is the current state of the deficit
Mr McDonnell said downgrading forecasts were a ‘pattern’ under Mr Hammond before he criticised Government borrowing.
Free sanitary products will be made available in ALL schools so that ‘girls no longer have to miss a day’ because they can’t afford them
The Government will fund free sanitary products in schools to tackle period poverty, Philip Hammond announced.
Mr Hammond said ‘some girls are missing school’ because they can’t afford to buy them.
The Chancellor said the Department for Education would develop the new scheme in time for the next school year.
The surprise announcement came amid a small spending spree in Mr Hammond’s Spring Statement.
He added: ‘On the deficit, he’s boasting about the deficit – he’s not eliminated the deficit as we were promised by 2015.
‘He’s simply shifted it on to the shoulders of headteachers, NHS managers, local councillors and police commissioners and, worst of all, onto the backs of many of the poorest in our society.
‘The consequences are stark – infant mortality has increased, life-expectancy has reduced, and our communities are less safe.
‘Police budgets have faced a cut of £2.7 billion since 2010 and nothing the Chancellor has said today will make up for the human and economic consequences of those cuts.’
Mr McDonnell added there is ‘nothing balanced’ about a Government giving more than £110 billion of tax cuts to the rich and corporations while ’87 people a day die before they receive the care they need’.
Last week Mr Hammond urged forces to divert existing resources from lower priority crime instead of demanding more.
He said backed a ‘surging of resources from other areas of policing activity into dealing with this spike in knife crime’ and said forces should ‘move’ money from other areas.
Mr Hammond’s plan again some positive economic figures – including wages (blue line) rising sharply faster than prices (red line)
But Mr Javid publicly backed senior police officers who said they needed more money to pay for overtime to put more officers on the streets.
Hammond pledges £100million to fight the ‘scourge of knife crime’
Philip Hammond yesterday announced a major funding boost to combat knife crime.
In the Spring Statement, the Chancellor pledged an immediate £100million boost for police forces.
The money will pay for a ‘surge’ in street policing in an effort to tackle rising levels of violence on the country’s streets.
It follows a major Whitehall row between the Home Office and Treasury, and represents a major victory for Home Secretary Sajid Javid.
Last week Mr Hammond urged forces to divert existing resources from lower priority crime instead of demanding more.
Sources said around two thirds of the cash would go to paying for a surge in street policing, and the remainder to fund specialist Violence Reduction Units.
On Monday 46 London MPs called for Mr Hammond to use the Spring Statement to help the Metropolitan Police fight knife crime.
Last week a string of former senior officers said there was an urgent need for more police to be recruited.
Lord Hogan-Howe, the former Met commissioner, has called for an extra 20,000 officers across the country and told ministers to ‘get a grip on the crisis’.
Police numbers have fallen by 20,000 in England and Wales since 2010. The number of knife-related deaths rose from 186 in 2015-16 to 285 in 2017-18.
Violent crime rose by nearly a fifth in the year to September 2018, according to police figures, and the increase in knife killings has been particularly pronounced.
In the last year alone, 27 under-19s have been stabbed to death, and there have been 285 knife killings in all – the highest level since the Second World War.
Ahead of the statement, shadow chancellor John McDonnell urged him to end Government cuts
Downing Street is also understood to have been backing calls for extra cash. Forces are already set to receive nearly £970 million extra in the next financial year.
End of the gas boiler: Fossil-fuel heating systems will be BANNED in all new-build houses from 2025
Fossil-fuel powered boilers will be banned in new build homes from 2025, the Chancellor revealed yesterday.
Philip Hammond’s move spells the beginning of the end for gas boilers in Britain.
The move is part of a package of reforms aimed at tackling climate change in the Spring Statement.
But shadow housing secretary John Healey tweeted: ‘Seriously underwhelming housing announcements from the Chancellor – debt guarantees a recycled pledge from 2017, and what sounds like a partial backtrack on the Tories’ 2015 decision to scrap Labour’s zero carbon homes plan… by 2025!’
Theresa May last week ordered an urgent set of ministerial meetings to discuss action against knives, but she came under fire after claiming there was ‘no direct correlation between certain crimes and police numbers’.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick rejected that claim saying it was obvious ‘there is some link between violent crime on the streets and police numbers’
Mrs May is also considering plans for would-be knife thugs to be treated in the same way as potential jihadis.
A new regime would see councils, schools and other agencies required to report youngsters considered to be at risk of being dragged into knife and gang crime.
Ahead of the statement, shadow chancellor John McDonnell urged him to end Government cuts.
Mr McDonnell said: ‘Living standards have been squeezed by relentless cutbacks to public services, as part of a toxic Tory cocktail of callousness and incompetence.
‘Philip Hammond must abandon this disastrous austerity agenda of the past nine years.
‘Labour will tax the rich and giant corporations to end austerity, fund our public services properly, and rebuild our economy so it works for the many, not the few.’