BREXIT LIVE: ’It’s been HUMILIATING DAY for UK!’ Rees-Mogg rages UK now looks 'FOOLISH'

Posted on Dec 10 2018 - 10:33pm by admin

The Brexiteers furious outburst comes after the Prime Minister told a packed House of Commons earlier today in a fiery session she is delaying the vote on her Brexit deal tomorrow evening. She was set for a crushing defeat in Parliament, with her Brexit deal expected to be unanimously voted down from all sides. But Jacob Rees-Mogg was left fuming, and speaking after a meeting of the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) of Tory MPs, he said: “I think it’s been a damaging day for the Conservative Party, which is a major part of my cause. I think it’s been a humiliating day for the country, which is an even more important part of my cause.

This is not a good day for the Conservative Party or the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom looks foolish on the world stage

Jacob Rees-Mogg

“But, does it mean that it’s more likely we will leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, then yes. So, one little bit of my cause has been advanced, but two primary bits have been damaged.

“This is not a good day for the Conservative Party or the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom looks foolish on the world stage.”

Theresa May will now meet European leaders ahead of a planned European Council summit in Brussels on Thursday in an attempt to secure further concessions on the Irish backstop.

Brexit vote: When will MPs vote be on Brexit now after May’s delay?

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Brexit latest: Jacob Rees-Mogg raged it had been a ‘humiliating day’ for the UK (Image: GETTY)

But in a further crushing blow to Mrs May, European Council President Donald Tusk poured cold water on this happening.

He said on Twitter: “I have decided to call EUCO on Brexit (Art. 50) on Thursday.

“We will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop, but we are ready to discuss how to facilitate UK ratification.

“As time is running out, we will also discuss our preparedness for a no-deal scenario.”

Ahead of Mrs May’s statement in the Commons, a spokeswoman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker also rejected the prospect of any renegotiation of the Withdrawal Agreement.

She said: “This deal is the best and only deal possible. We will not renegotiate.”


9.30pm update: Labour MP THROWN OUT of Commons for trying to stop proceedings 

Lloyd Russell-Moyle was ejected from the Commons after picking up the ceremonial mace in protest at the Government’s handling of Brexit. 

He walked over the white line, known as the bar of the House, where he was stopped by Commons officials. 

Mr Russell-Moyle put up no resistance and handed over the mace before being ordered to leave the Chamber by John Bercow. 

The Commons Speaker said: “By the power given to me by standing order number 43 and I think Mr Russell-Moyle will know the implication of his action, I must order Mr Russell-Moyle to withdraw immediately from the House for the remainder of this day’s sitting. Mr Russell-Moyle please leave the chamber.”

The Labour MP initially refused the order and remained in the House before Mr Bercow said: “No, no he must leave or be escorted, he should leave.” Mr Russell-Moyle then left.

Speaking from the Red Lion pub just outside Parliament, he said: “The symbolic gesture of lifting the mace and removing it is that the will of Parliament to govern is no longer there has been removed.

“I felt Parliament had effectively given up its sovereign right to govern properly.

“They stopped me before I got out of the Chamber and I wasn’t going to struggle with someone wearing a huge sword on their hip.”

The parliamentary mace symbolises royal authority, and without it the Commons cannot meet or pass laws. 

It is silver gilt and just over five feet long. Every day it is carried into the Chamber by the Serjeant of Arms, where it is normally placed on the table of the House.

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Brexit latest: Stephen Barclay said the UK will not revoke Article 50 (Image: GETTY)

9.05pm update: Emergency debate on delayed Brexit deal to take place TOMORROW

MPs have approved an application for an emergency debate on Theresa May’s decision to delay the Brexit deal vote. It will take place tomorrow. 

The application was successfully moved by Jeremy Corbyn and was also supported by a handful of Tory MPs.

Commons Speaker john Bercow granted the debate after Conservative and Labour lawmakers stood up in support.

The Labour leader said: “It cannot be right that the government can unilaterally alter the arrangements once the government has agreed on a timetable, without the house being given the opportunity to express its will.”

9pm update: ‘I really disagree with that!’ Rudd defends May’s premiership and Brexit deal

Amber Rudd has insisted Theresa May’s premiership is not dead whilst also defending her Brexit deal. 

When asked by the BBC if the Prime Minister’s agreement with Brussels and her premiership is now dead after she delayed the parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal, the Work and Pensions Minister said: “I really disagree with that.” 

“She is committed to keeping that backstop but we have said and the EU have said the intention of the backstop is that if we get into it, it is temporary.

“What she is trying to get now is reassurance for the people who are concerned that it’s not temporary. If she can work with the EU to provide that information hopefully they can support the Withdrawal Agreement.”

Brexit David Cameron

Brexit latest: David Cameron doesn’t regret calling the EU referendum in 2016 (Image: GETTY)

8.55pm update: ‘May is making a MOCKERY of Britain!’ Brexiteer MP says DEFEAT on vote would’ve helped PM

Andrea Jenkyns launched a savage attack on Prime Minister Theresa May – insisting she “made a mockery of Britain” when she made the decision to scrap the crucial Brexit vote on Monday.

The prominent Brexiteer backbencher claimed she has “heard from a couple of people” that more letters of no confidence have been submitted to the chair of the 1922 Committee Sir Graham Brady following Theresa May’s shock Brexit U-turn.

Speaking to Sky News, Ms Jenkyns insisted the Prime Minister would have instead had a stronger negotiating hand with the European Union if her deal had been rejected in the ‘meaningful vote’ set for Tuesday.

The Tory MP said: “She would’ve been far better seeing the vote in full tomorrow and lose massively and then we would have a stronger hand to go to the EU.

“Because let’s face it, the EU wrote this deal.

“What’s happened now is she could have gone back and say ‘look, the deal has been defeated in Parliament and we need to go back to the drawing board and we need to renegotiate this time on our terms’.

“She has never ever actually used our strong cards. Britain deserves better than this. She is making a mockery of our country and I take offence at that.”

8.50pm update: Ken Clarke urges Government to CANCEL Brexit

Former Chancellor Ken Clarke wants the Government to consider revoking Artcile 50 – effectively cancelling Brexit. 

The Tory grandee described the situation as a “shambles” and claimed revokingArticle 50 was the only way to “save us” from a no-deal Brexit. 

He said: “Although the House regards itself, the majority do, as bound by this opinion poll or referendum that we held in 2016 – in which absolutely none of the circumstances that are now talked about were remotely discussed with the public before the vote was taken – isn’t the obvious thing for Government to start considering revoking Article 50 to save us from the disastrous consequences of leaving with no deal for our economy, our business, our employment and many other things?

“If anybody can ever put this shambles back together again and wants to resume the process of leaving the European Union, they can go ahead and see if the future House of Commons is ever more receptive than this one’s been.”

8.40pm update: Varadkar and Tusk say Withdrawal Agreement CAN’T be negotiated

The Irish Prime Minister and European Council Presidne tspoke on the phone on Monday afternoon and also agreed preparations for a no-deal Brexit should be stepped up. 

A spokesman for Mr Varadkar said: “They discussed this week’s European Council meeting and the current situation on Brexit.

“They agreed that the Withdrawal Agreement is the best option and could not be renegotiated. They also agreed that preparations for a ‘no deal’ outcome should intensify.”

Brexit Jean-Claude Juncker

Brexit latest: Jean-Claude Juncker’s office said ‘we will not renegotiate’ (Image: GETTY)

8.20pm update: Cameron DOES NOT regret calling EU referendum 

Former Prime Minister David Cameron has claimed he does not regret calling the referendum that led to Brexit. 

He told Sky News: “I don’t regret calling a referendum. I made a promise in the election to call a referendum and I called the referendum.

“Obviously I’m very concerned about what’s happening today but I do support the Prime Minister in her efforts to try and have a close partnership with the European Union. That’s the right thing to do and she has my support.”

8.10pm update: Britain WILL NOT revoke Article 50 article – despite earlier ECJ ruling

Britain’s policy of not revoking its Article 50 Brexit notice has not been changed by a European Court of Justice ruling saying the governmeny could do so without needing the consent of EU counterparts. 

Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay told Parliament: “The judgement does not in any way change our policy.

“The government’s firm and long held policy is that we will not revoke the Article 50 notice, this position has not changed.”

8pm update: CBI hits out decision to delay Brexit vote

Director General Carolyn Fairbairn said: “This is yet another blow for companies desperate for clarity. Investment plans have been paused for two and a half years.

“Unless a deal is agreed quickly, the country risks sliding towards a national crisis.

“Politicians on both sides of the Channel need show leadership, by building consensus to protect both the UK and EU’s prosperity.

“No one can afford to head into Christmas with the threat of no-deal costing jobs and hitting living standards.”

7.50pm: ‘It’s been a damaging day for the Conservatives – a humiliating day for the country’

Jacob Rees-Mogg has warned the prospect of a no-deal Brexit is drawing closer after today’s events. 

Speaking after a meeting of the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG) of Tory MPs, he said: “I think we should aim for managed no deal.

“But, I’ve made clear and I’ll happily reiterate we need a new Prime Minister to do that.

“If you look at today this is the failure of the Prime Minister’s policy. The Withdrawal Agreement was her policy.”

He added: “I think it’s been a damaging day for the Conservative Party, which is a major part of my cause. I think it’s been a humiliating day for the country, which is an even more important part of my cause.

“But, does it mean that it’s more likely we will leave the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, then yes. So, one little bit of my cause has been advanced, but two primary bits have been damaged.

“This is not a good day for the Conservative Party or the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom looks foolish on the world stage.”

7.40pm update: Government accused of ‘HIDING IN THE TOILETS’ over Brexit deal vote

Tory backbencher Mark Francois accused them of a “complete abuse of this House”. 

He said: Having been found in contempt recently for the first time in living memory, they have now gone for a ‘buy one get one free’.

“The whole House wanted to debate this, we wanted to vote on it, the people expected us to vote on it. And the Government have gone away and hidden in the toilets.”

The Conservative backbencher added: “People watching this on television will be confused and bemused and very, very angry at the way their own Parliament has let them down, the Government should literally be ashamed of themselves.”

7.30pm update: Commons planning to publish policy paper on post-Brexit immigration system

Theresa May has said the new system will prioritise high-skilled workers and treat EU citizens the same as those from elsewhere after Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, but these details have yet to be set out. 

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said: “We expect to publish the white paper before the end of the year.

“It is absolutely vital that we have an immigration system going forward that is fair to those businesses who need to attract employees from overseas but at the same time fair to those people in the UK who voted for the UK parliament to be able to control our borders.”

Brexit Jacob Rees-Mogg

Brexit latest: Jacob Rees-Mogg has demanded Theresa May ‘either govern or quit’ (Image: PA)

7.15pm update: May to meet Dutch PM tomorrow morning

Downing Street has said the Prime Minister will travel to the Netherlands tomorrow morning for a “bilateral meeting’ with Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in The Hague. 

She is then expected to fly to Berlin for a meeting with Angela Merkel. 

Mrs May is also set to hold talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, EU Council President Donald Tusk and a number of other EU leaders ahead of a showdown at a Brussels summit on Thursday. 

The meetings come as she desperately tries to secure assurances to win over a hostile Parliament at Westminster over her Brexit deal, particularly around the Irish backstop. 

Downing Street said in a statement: “As the prime minister said in her statement today, over the next few days she will go to see her counterparts in other member states to discuss the concerns that parliament has expressed.

“Tomorrow morning the prime minister will have a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Rutte in The Hague.”

6.45pm update: Irish PM RULES OUT reopening backstop negotiations 

Leo Varadkar has ruled out reopening negotiations around the Irish backstop. 

The Irish Prime Minister spoke with Theresa May over the weekend about her progress in securing support for the draft agreement. 

But he said: “The Withdrawal Agreement, including the Irish backstop, is the only agreement on the table,” he said.

“It took over a year-and-a-half to negotiate and has the support of 28 governments and it’s not possible to reopen any aspect of that agreement without reopening all aspects of it.

“The purpose of that phone call was to update me on the progress she (Mrs May) is making in trying to secure ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons and also to think ahead as to how we handle the EU summit which is happening later in the week.”

Brexit Leo Varadkar

Brexit latest: Leo Varadkar has ruled out reopening talks on the Irish backstop (Image: GETTY)

6.25pm update: May LOSES IT at Thornberry badgering as Commons ERUPTS

THE Commons erupted in laughter on Monday as Prime Minister Theresa May fired back at Labour’s Emily Thornberry, who demanded to know when the ‘meaningful vote’ on the draft Brexit agreement will take place.

Theresa May was forced to cancel the ‘meaningful vote’ on Monday in a bid to avoid an embarrassing Brexit defeat. The Prime Minister took to the Commons to justify the delay.

When addressing a question from the SNP’s Kirsty Blackman, Mrs May said: “Obviously there are two parties in relation to this – the United Kingdom and the EU. So we will be holding those discussions.

“Members will know that there is the issue of the 21st January date, which is in legislation…”

But Labour’s shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry interrupted Mrs May’s response and shouted: “When is the vote? 21st of January?”

The MP for Islington South and Finsbury refused to stop and repeatedly badgered the Prime Minister, asking the same question over and over again.

Mrs May fired back and said: “The shadow foreign secretary shouts 21st January as if it is the first time she has heard of it.”

The Commons erupted in laughter as Mrs May added: “I suspect she actually voted when it went through this House. But there we are.”

6.15pm update: ‘Govern or QUIT!’ Rees-Mogg blasts May over Brexit shambles – ‘We CAN’T go on like this’

Jacob Rees-Mogg demanded Theresa May “either govern or quit” as he tore into the Prime Minister for wasting two years negotiating a Brexit deal which could never win the support of MPs.

The leading Brexiteer said Mrs May should step aside and make way for a leader who can make good on the result of the 2016 referendum if she is unable to do it herself.

And he warned the disarray caused by today’s embarrassing climbdown would only serve to increase the chances of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour winning power.

Mr Rees-Mogg said: “What has two years of Theresa May doing Brexit amounted to? An undeliverable deal parliament would roundly reject, if the Prime Minister has the gumption to allow it to go before the House of Commons.

“This is not governing, it risks putting Jeremy Corbyn into government by failing to deliver Brexit. We cannot continue like this.

“The Prime Minister must either govern or quit.”

5.45pm update: Pound falls to 20-MONTH LOW after May’s delays Brexit vote 

Sterling plummeted to a 20-month low after Theresa May was forced to defer the Parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. 

The latest humiliation for the Prime Minister sent the currency to its lowest level since April 2017. 

Against the US dollar, it fell 1.6 percent to 1.251 and versus the pound shed 1.2 percent to 1.103. 

David Cheetham, chief market analyst at XTB, said: “The move may have spared an embarrassing parliamentary defeat for the PM but it will no doubt see those calls for her to be replaced grow ever more vociferous.

“The negative reaction in the markets is more likely due to what it means for her position rather than the failure to win the vote – with even her staunchest supporters already highly sceptical as to whether the bill would pass – as it now seems increasingly likely that a long-touted leadership challenge will ensue.”

5.25pm update: May dodges questions about details of the new meaningful vote 

Tory Remainer Justine Greening asks whether the Prime Minister instends to push back the date of the vote until March 28 – the day before Brexit. 

Ms May says: “I do not believe the scenario she has set out is the correct one.

“I believe it is right we should be recognising the concerns raised in this House and attempting to find a way through those concerns and to resolve those concerns.”

The former Education Secretary later wrote on Twitter: “PM now won’t confirm any date for the promised meaningful vote – it’s hugely concerning. Parliament has gone round in circles on Brexit.

“Now today, even that’s stopped, Britain must find a direction. Kicking the can down the road again solves nothing.”

5.10pm update: Foster says Government approach to Brexit is ‘CHAOTIC’ – accuses May of not listening

DUP leder Arlene Foster has claimed the Prime Minister has not listened to those who warned her the draft EU withdrawal agreement would not work because of the inclusion of the Irish backstop. 

She said: “The fundamentally flawed Withdrawal Agreement would have undermined our United Kingdom economy and the Union itself.

“The backstop would have left Northern Ireland trapped as a hostage to the European Union.”

Her party colleague, East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson, added: “Either the legally binding ‘handcuffs’ of the backstop are removed or else this deal will have to be rejected.”

Brexit Jeremy Corbyn

Brexit latest: Jeremy Corbyn launched another scathing attack on May’s deal (Image: SKY NEWS)

4.55pm update: May warned ‘NOTHING WILL CHANGE’ in EU’s approach to negotiation

Tory former minister Anna Soubry says: “The thing that is changing is the view of the British people.

“I know it’s nearly the pantomime season but ‘oh yes it has’.”

Labour former minister Angela Eagle tells the Prime Minister to “abaondon this dancing on the head of a pin and let us vote on this appalling deal”.

Tory former minister John Redwood demands Mrs May revise the divorce deal with the EU, adding she reassert that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”.

4.40pm update: Former Attorney General urges May to ‘go back to the people’

Dominic Grieve says: “Surely we should go back to the public and ask them exactly what they want and offer them the alternative of remaining in the EU.”

But Mrs May hits back, claiming every MP raising the issue of another referendum “needs to consider very carefully the impact that would have”. 

She says: “I believe it would lead to a significant loss of faith in our democracy. I believe it would lead many people to question the role of this House and the role of members in this House.”

4.35pm update: PM’s reassurance “simply not credible’ – DUP

The party’s Westminster leader Nigel Dodds says: “The Prime Minister says she is listening but she talks about reassurances and assurances – does she not get it by now that the Withdrawal Agreement legally binding text is unacceptable to this House?

“She cannot pretend going on defending the deal when she knows that if the vote had taken place tomorrow it would have been overwhelmingly defeated.

“So please, Prime Minister, really do start listening and come back with changes to the Withdrawal Agreement or it will be voted down.” 

Brexit John Bercow

Brexit latest: John Bercow said the delay to the vote is ‘deeply discourteous’ (Image: SKY NEWS)

4.25pm update: Lib Dems vow to SUPPORT Corbyn in the event of no confidence vote

The party’s leader Sir Vince Cable says: “With the fiasco today, the Government has really lost all authority.

“Let me just say that I and my colleagues will fully support the Leader of the Opposition (Mr Corbyn) if he now proceeds to a no confidence vote, as duty surely calls.”

He added: “How many of the heads of government that she telephoned over the weekend have indicated they would consider the Irish backstop dispensable?”

Mrs May replies: “A number of European leaders who I have spoken to have indicated that they are open to discussions to find a way to find reassurance to members of this House on that point.”

4.15pm update: MPs have complained to him about the Government’s plans ‘in the most FORCEFUL TERMS’

Commons Speaker John Bercow says: “Having taken the best procedural advice I am informed that there are two ways of doing this.

“The first, and in democratic terms the infinitely preferable way, is for a minister to move at the outset of the debate that the debate be adjourned.

“This will give the House the opportunity to express its opinion in a vote whether or not it wishes the debate to be brought to a premature and inconclusive end.

“I can reassure ministers that I would be happy to accept such a motion so that the House can decide.”

4.10pm udpate: Brexit vote delay is ‘deeply discourteous’ – Bercow 

The Commons Speaker has urged Theresa May to hold a vote on Brexit before “unilaterally” deciding to postpone MPs having their say, adding it would be the “courteous, respectful and mature” thing to do.

He interrupted the debate to criticise the criticise Downing Street for leaking their plans in advance of telling the House, warning the vote was being delayed at “an inordinately late stage”. 

He said: “Halting the debate after no fewer than 164 colleagues have taken the trouble to contribute will be thought by many members of this House to be deeply discourteous.”

4.05pm update:  Corbyn warns May ‘must make way’ if ‘fundamental changes’ aren’t made to deal

He says: If the Prime Minister cannot be clear that she can renegotiate a deal, then she must make way.

“If she is going back to Brussels, then she needs to build a consensus in this House and since it appears business has changed for the next two days, it seems necessary this House debates the negotiating mandate that the Prime Minister takes to Brussels.

“There is no point in the Prime Minister bringing back the same deal that is not supported by this House.

“The government is in disarray, uncertainty is building for business, people are in despair at these failed negotiations and concerned what it means.

The fault of that lies solely at the door of this shambolic government.

“If she doesn’t take on the fundamental changes required, then she must make way for those who can.”

4pm update: ‘Our country deserves better!’ Corbyn launches furious attack on May’s deal

The Labour leader says: “The government has lost complete control of events and is in complete disarray.

“It has been evident for weeks the Prime Minister’s deal did not have the confidence of this House, yet she ploughed on regardless, reiterating this is the only deal available.

“Is she seeking changes to the deal or mere reassurances? Does she therefore accept the statement of the European Commission at lunchtime that it was the only deal possible, we won’t renegotiate and our position has not changed?

“Can the Prime Minister be clear – is she willing to drop more red lines in order to make progress?

Can the Prime Minister confirm the deal presented to this House is not off the table but will be represented with a few assurances, bringing back the same botched deal?

“This is a bad deal for britain, bad deal for our economy and a bad deal for our democracy. Our country deserves better.”

3.55pm update: No deal would cause ‘significant damage’

The Prime Minister says: “If you want to leave without a deal, be upfront that this would cause significant economic damage to parts of our country who can least afford to bear the burden.

“I don’t believe any of those courses of actions command a majority in this House but not withstanding that fact, as long as we fail to agree a deal, the risk of an accidental no deal increases.”

3.50pm update: PM warns second referendum risks ‘dividing the country’

Mrs May says: “Those members that continue to disagree, need to shoulder the responsibility of advocating an alternative solution that can be delivered, and do so without ducking its implications.

“If you want a second referendum to overturn the result of the first, be honest that this risks dividing the country again when as a House we should be striving to be bringing it back together.

“If you want to remain part of the single market and customs union, be open that this would require free movement, rule-taking across the economy and ongoing financial contributions, none of which, in my view, are compatible wit the result of the referendum.”

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Brexit latest: Theresa May has confirmed the meaningful vote scheduled for tomorrow is being delayed (Image: SKY NEWS)

3.45pm update: ‘Does this house want to deliver Brexit?’ 

The Prime Minister says: “I still believe there is a majority to be won in this House in support of it (the Brexit deal) if i can get additional reassurance on the question of the backstop, and that is what my focus will be in the days ahead.

“If you take a step back, it is much more clear this House faces a fundamental question: Does this house want to deliver Brexit?

“If the answer is yes, and I believe that is the answer from the majority of this House, we have to ask ourselves whether we are prepared to make a compromise because there will be no enduring or successful Brexit without some compromise on both sides of the debate.”

3.40pm update: PM to outline concerns around backstop with Europe 

Mrs May said: “We had hoped the changes we secured to the backstop could reassure members that we could never be trapped in it indefinitely.

“I spoke with a number of European leaders over the weekend, and in advance of the European Council, I will go to see my counterparts in other members states and the leadership of the Council and Commission.

“I will discuss with them the clear concerns this House has expressed.”

3.35pm update: May appeals for unity on Northern Ireland border

She said: “There are some inescapable facts. The fact Northern Ireland shares a land border with another sovereign state. The fact the hardware peace that has been built in Northern Ireland over the past two decades has been built over a seamless border.

“The challenge this poses must be met. Not with rhetoric but with real and workable solutions. Businesses operate across this border. People cross it every day. They do not want their everyday lives to be effected by the decision. They do not want a hard border.”

3.30pm update: May confirms vote is delayed 

Speaking in the Commons, she said: “I listened very carefully to what is being said in this Chamber and out of it.

“It is clear that while her is broad support for many key aspects of deal, on one issue – the Northern Ireland backstop – there remains widespread and deep concern.

“If we went ahead and held the vote, the deal would be rejected by a significant margin. We will defer the vote.”

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn (Image: REUTERS)

2.30pm update: Sir Vince calls for People’s Vote

Lib Dem leader Sir Vince Cable said Theresa May’s decision to postpone the Brexit vote showed the need for a People’s Vote.

He said: “Theresa May appears to have marched her depleted troops to the top of the hill only to lose her nerve. She is hopelessly weakened.

“There is little point postponing the vote when nothing concerning the deal will change.

“The Conservatives are wilfully prolonging Brexit uncertainty because they can’t get their deal through Parliament.

“This deadlock must be broken by giving the people the final say, including the opportunity to remain in the EU.”

1.30pm update: Government spent £100,000 on advertising before Brexit vote was scrapped

The Government spent £100,000 on Facebook adverts promoting Theresa May’s unpopular Brexit deal with the EU ahead of the Commons vote which has now been scrapped.

The social media giant’s Ad Library Report revealed the UK Government spent £96,684 on adverts between December 2 and 8, with 11 promotions for the deal having been splashed out for.

As well as adverts paid for on Facebook, Mrs May’s team also paid for promotions on Instagram, which is also owned by Mark Zuckerberg.

Examples of the material paid for was a video called “What the Brexit Deal means for you – explained in 60 seconds” as well as other ads focusing on jobs and immigration.

Others set out the benefits of the deal for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland specifically.

12.59pm update: David Lammy pours scorn on Theresa May

Labour MP David Lammy, a supporter of the Best for Britain campaign for a second referendum, said: “This is an unprecedented and historic humiliation for Theresa May. This is recognition of what has been clear for months: there is no majority for her miserable Brexit deal in Parliament.

“It is impossible to deliver on the 2016 referendum result because it was based on false promises and fantasy. No negotiations in Brussels will change this fact.

“Our politics is now well and truly stuck. The way to unblock it is to go back to the public with a people’s vote, which will either offer a mandate for a specific form of Brexit, or to remain in the EU.”

12.41pm update: Corbyn urges May to adopt Labour’s Brexit strategy

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the UK no longer had a “functioning Government” and called on the PM to switch to his party’s plans for a “jobs-first deal”.

He said: ”We have known for at least two weeks that Theresa May’s worst-of-all-worlds deal was going to be rejected by Parliament because it is damaging for Britain.

“Instead, she ploughed ahead when she should have gone back to Brussels to renegotiate or called an election so the public could elect a new government that could do so.

“Labour’s alternative plan for a jobs-first deal must take centre stage in any future talks with Brussels.”

12.30pm update: Theresa May to deliver Brexit statement at 3.30pm

Theresa May is set to deliver a statement listed as ’Exiting the European Union” to Parliament at 3.30pm.

BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg tweeted: “Two cabinet sources tell me vote being pulled – not, repeat not, yet officially confirmed.

“Leadsom statement on Commons business expected to follow PM statement this afternoon, which implies they are indeed pulling the vote.”

The dramatic developments come after Mrs May spokesman insisted the vote would go ahead as planned and rejected fears of crushing defeat for the Prime Minister.

12.07pm update: Westminster sources say meaningful vote is off

Westminster is alive with rumours suggesting Theresa May has decided to call off tomorrow’s “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal.

Downing Street still insists the vote will go ahead as planned but Bloomberg and the BBC have both reported that sources have revealed it is off.

A senior Downing Street source said: “I would ignore that. They’ve no business reporting that.”

But sterling fell 0.4 percent against the US dollar to 1.26 and 0.6 percent against the euro at 1.10 as news of the postponement spread through the city.

11.57am: EU stands firm on renegotiation position

EU bosses have made it clear they will not renegotiate the Brexit deal thrashed out with Theresa May if MPs reject it tomorrow.

A European Commission spokeswoman, repeating the earlier position take by President Jean-Claude Juncker, said: “We have an agreement on the table.”

She said Brussels was ready for “all scenarios” and confirmed Mr Juncker had a telephone conversation with Mrs May yesterday.

11.20am update: Downing Street insists vote goes ahead as planned

Theresa May’s official spokeswoman has insisted tomorrow’s vote on the Brexit deal will go ahead as planned and said Mrs May was still confident of winning despite all the evidence suggesting a humiliating defeat.

The spokeswoman said the Prime Minister had summoned Cabinet ministers to Downing Street to update them her calls with EU leaders over the weekend.

She said Mrs May updates ministers on Brexit all the time and would do so again today.

Jeremy Hunt

Jeremy Hunt (Image: GETTY)

11.04am update: Hunt dimisses ECJ ruling

Asked for his reaction to the ECJ ruling as he arrived in Brussels for a Foreign Affairs Council meeting, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: “It’s irrelevant because just imagine how the 52 percent of the country who voted for Brexit would feel if any British Government were to delay leaving the EU on March 29.

“People would be shocked and very angry and it is certainly not the intention of the Government.”

10.38am update: Irish insist Brexit backstop legal terms cannot change

The legal text of the agreement on Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union will not change, accordng to Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney.

Speaking a day before Parliament make-or-break vote on Brexit deal, Mr Coveney said the withdrawal treaty was a “hard-won compromise” that was fair to both the EU and Britain and would not be re-negotiated.

He said: “The deal is not going to change. Particularly the legal language of the withdrawal treaty. I hope people will see it for what it is, which is a fair, balanced document.”

10.21am update: Shami Chakrabarti says ruling “not a surprise”

Shadow attorney general Shami Chakrabarti said she was not surprised by the Article 50 ruling from the ECJ judges.

She told the Today programme: “I don’t think that this legal judgment changes the position because it isn’t a surprise.”

10.55am update: May calls emergency Cabinet meeting with meaningful vote decision imminent

Tensions are running high in Westminster with Theresa May called an emergency Cabinet meeting and a decision on whether to scrap Parliament’s vote on her Brexit deal imminent, according to the Sun’s political editor.

Tom Newton Dunn tweeted: “The PM has called together all her senior aides for a meeting on the Meaningful Vote in No10 now.

“A decision on whether to pull it appears imminent.”

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has refused to rule out a leadership bid (Image: GETTY)

10.18am update: Margaret Beckett says staying in EU “still and option”

Labour’s former foreign secretary Dame Margaret Beckett said the ECJ ruling showed staying in the EU was still an option.

An a statement issued by the People’s Vote campaign she said:

“This is confirmation that it is still up to us to decide whether we want to keep the existing deal we’ve got in the EU rather than accept a bad deal negotiated by the Government.

“What has happened in the last week is that any prospect of no deal has been removed by amendments allowing Parliament to take control, while we now all know beyond any doubt that we can stay in the EU – it’s not too late.

“In the next few days we can take Theresa May’s deal off the table too. Other Brexit options do not work any better than that of the Prime Minister because there is no deal that can keep all the promises made two years ago or is better than the deal we’ve got in the EU.

“It is becoming increasingly clear that the only way forward now is through a People’s Vote.”

10.16 am update: Rees-Mogg says ECJ ruling changes nothing

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative Brexiter and chair of the European Research Group, told his LBC phone-in that the ECJ ruling was not a surprise.

He said: “A straight reading of article 50 would lead you to this view, so I’m not unhappy about it,” he said. But he said it would not make a difference.

“Will it change any votes tomorrow? I wouldn’t have thought so because the only way to stay in the European Union is to legislate to do so, to reverse the Withdrawal Act, and that would require the government to do a complete U-turn.

“I think this Government would find it very difficult to remain the Government if it went away from what it said in its manifesto and the referendum result.”

10.10am update: MSP hails “momentous” ECJ ruling

Green Party MSPs Andy Wightman hailed the “momentous” ruling, saying: “It is now clear that the UK can, if it chooses, change its mind and revert to our current EU membership arrangements.

“MPs now know that stopping Brexit altogether is an option open to them before the end of the Article 50 period.

“Parliament can now back a People’s Vote in the knowledge that a Remain outcome could be acted on unilaterally, should that be what people decide.”

9.47am update: Sky analysis finds MPs WILL reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal tomorrow

Theresa May’s Brexit deal will be booted out by MP’s tomorrow, according to Sky News analysis.

The broadcaster found 184 MPs will support Mrs May’s deal with a whopping 395 planning to vote against it.

Figures show only one Labour MP will support the Prime Minister while the rest of the number is made up of Conservative loyalists.

The Sky analysis suggests 101 Tories, 10 DUP and 35 SNP members will all reject the deal along with 249 Labour MPs.

9.30am update: Benn amendment “provides potential way out” for embattled Prime Minister

Hilary Benn has confirmed he is pressing head with an amendment that rejects the Theresa May’s Bexit deal, rules out the possibility of the UK leaving the EU without a deal and guarantees Parliament a proper say in what happens next.

The Labour MP, who chairs the Commons Brexit committee, has been under pressure to withdraw his amendment because it gives the Prime Minister a potential way out but insisted it was more important MPs had a chance to demonstrate they would not support a no-deal exit.

He said: “Ruling out leaving with no deal now, I think, is really important for the future of the country because otherwise you prolong the uncertainty.

“I don’t think there’s a majority in the House of Commons for leaving with no deal.”

The Speaker can select up to six amendments to the Government motion calling on MPs to back the divorce deal and political declaration on the future relationship between the UK and EU.

Mrs May could avoid having to put the Government motion to the Commons if the Benn amendment passes and then she could then seek further concessions from Brussels at the European Council on Thursday and Friday before another possible attempt next week.

9.09am update: Sturgeon responds to Article 50 judgement

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Important judgment from ECJ – Article 50 can be unilaterally revoked by UK.”

She added: “So an extension of Article 50 to allow time for another vote, followed by revocation of Article 50 if the outcome is Remain seems to be an option that is now open to the House of Commons.”

Theresa May

Theresa May faces a heavy defeat in the Commons tomorrow if the ‘meaningful vote’ goes ahead (Image: GETTY)

8.43am update: SNP MEP describes ECJ ruling as “dynamite”

SNP MEP Alyn Smith, one of a cross-party group of Scottish politicians who brought the case, said it was “dynamite”.

He said: “Bringing the case was a risk but it has worked better than we could have hoped for.

“Our case has confirmed, once and for all and from the highest court in the business, that the UK can indeed change its mind on Brexit and revoke Article 50, unilaterally.

“The timing is sublime. As colleagues in the House of Commons consider Mrs May’s disastrous deal we now have a roadmap out of this Brexit shambles.

“A bright light has switched on above an ‘EXIT’ sign.”

8.27am update: Lib Dems back ECJ ruling and repeat calls for People’s Vote

Lib Dem Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: “The ECJ has made clear that the UK can stop Brexit unilaterally. The Government can therefore prevent a chaotic no-deal.

“For the sake of people’s livelihoods, the Prime Minister must end the uncertainty and rule out a no-deal.

“It is clear any Brexit will make people poorer and reduce the UK’s standing in the world.

“MPs should not only vote down Theresa May’s deal, but back a People’s Vote with the option to remain in the EU.”

8.21am update: Gove insists Britain will leave EU on March 29

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has shrugged off the European Court of Justice ruling as irrelevant as Britain does not want to stay in the EU.

He insisted the UK would leave the bloc on March 29 as planned said the British Government could improve on Theresa May’s Brexit deal as it now stands.

He said: “Well, we don’t want to stay in the EU. We voted very clearly, 17.4 million people sent a clear message that we want to leave the European Union. And that means also leaving the jurisdiction of the European court of justice.

“So, this case is all very well, but it doesn’t alter either the referendum vote or the clear intention of the Government to make sure that we leave on March 29.”

Michael Gove

Michael Gove (Image: REUTERS)

8.11am update: ECJ rules Britain free to unilaterally scrap Brexit

The European Union’s top court has ruled the British Government may unilaterally reverse its decision to leave the EU without consulting the other member states.

In an emergency judgment delivered just hours before a crunch vote on the Brexit deal thrashed out by Theresa May, the Court of Justice said: “The United Kingdom is free to revoke unilaterally the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU.”

The ruling is in line with an opinion delivered last week by a Court legal adviser. That had boosted the hopes of British Brexit opponents that a new referendum could be held that would prevent Britain’s scheduled departure on March 29, 2019.

Mr May faces heavy opposition in Parliament to her Brexit deal and many expect her quest for approval to be defeated, setting up further tense talks with the EU when she goes to Brussels on Thursday for a summit of national leaders.

A spokeswoman for the court said: “In today’s judgment, the Full Court has ruled that, when a Member State has notified the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the European Union, as the UK has done, that Member State is free to revoke unilaterally that notification.

“That possibility exists for as long as a withdrawal agreement concluded between the EU and that Member State has not entered into force or, if no such agreement has been concluded, for as long as the two-year period from the date of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the EU, and any possible extension, has not expired.”

7.30am update: Karen Bradley warns of Brexit divisions

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley issued a plea to move on from the bitter Brexit rows, highlighting the benefits of the peace process as an example of what happens when “division can be overcome”.

Writing in the Guardian she said: “When the dust settles on Brexit, we must move forward in order that we can put some of the division about the nature of our country’s relationship with the European Union behind us.

“Northern Ireland, in particular, knows the damage that division can do, and the benefits when that division can be overcome.”

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