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MPs back prime minister to renegotiate Brexit deal - but vote to block leaving without a deal

MPs gather ahead of the result of a vote on Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Conservative MP Nick Boles amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019. The Amendment would give time in the Commons to a bill to extend Article 50. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

MPs gather ahead of the result of a vote on Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Conservative MP Nick Boles amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019. The Amendment would give time in the Commons to a bill to extend Article 50. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

MPs have authorised Theresa May to go back to Brussels and try to renegotiate her Brexit deal.

MPs announce the result of a vote on Labour MP Yvette Cooper's amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019. MPs have rejected a bid to delay Brexit in order to prevent a no-deal departure from the European Union. Labour former minister Yvette CooperÕs call for an extension of Article 50 to keep the UK in the EU until the end of the year in order to reach a deal was defeated by 321 votes to 298, majority 23. It was supported by the Labour frontbench as well as Tories including Nick Boles. The amendment would have given Parliament control over the Brexit process if Theresa May fails to secure a deal by February 26. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA WireMPs announce the result of a vote on Labour MP Yvette Cooper's amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019. MPs have rejected a bid to delay Brexit in order to prevent a no-deal departure from the European Union. Labour former minister Yvette CooperÕs call for an extension of Article 50 to keep the UK in the EU until the end of the year in order to reach a deal was defeated by 321 votes to 298, majority 23. It was supported by the Labour frontbench as well as Tories including Nick Boles. The amendment would have given Parliament control over the Brexit process if Theresa May fails to secure a deal by February 26. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

But one of the prime minister’s most important negotiating weapons was ripped from her hands on Tuesday night, as the House of Commons voted to block a no-deal Brexit in a non-binding decision.

The result of a series of votes on amendments to Mrs May’s Brexit Plan B comes as the clock ticks towards the scheduled date of EU withdrawal on March 29.

Mrs May had issued a plea for MPs to give her a clear “mandate” to reopen the Withdrawal Agreement which she agreed with the EU last November and seek to secure changes to its controversial backstop provision.

And she secured the backing of the Commons to go back to Brussels, as MPs voted by 317 to 301 in favour of a proposal from Conservative grandee Sir Graham Brady for her to try to replace the backstop with “alternative arrangements” to keep the Irish border open after Brexit.

MPs prepare to announce the result of a vote on former attorney general and pro-Remain MP Dominic Grieve's amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019.  The House of Commons has rejected a bid by Jeremy Corbyn to force a debate on LabourÕs Brexit plans. Mr CorbynÕs call for more time to be given for MPs to consider alternatives to the Brexit deal was the first in a series of amendments being put to the vote on Tuesday evening. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA WireMPs prepare to announce the result of a vote on former attorney general and pro-Remain MP Dominic Grieve's amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019. The House of Commons has rejected a bid by Jeremy Corbyn to force a debate on LabourÕs Brexit plans. Mr CorbynÕs call for more time to be given for MPs to consider alternatives to the Brexit deal was the first in a series of amendments being put to the vote on Tuesday evening. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

Speaking after the result, the prime minister told MPs there is a “substantial and sustainable” majority in the Commons for leaving the European Union with a deal but admitted renegotiation “will not be easy”.

She said: “Tonight a majority of members have said they would support a deal with changes to the backstop combined with measures to address concerns over Parliament’s role in the negotiation of the future relationship and commitments on workers’ rights in law where need be.

“It’s now clear there is a route that can secure a substantial and sustainable majority in this House for leaving the EU with a deal.”

Earlier in the evening, MPs issued an order to prevent a no-deal Brexit, passing a cross-party amendment headed by Conservative Dame Caroline Spelman and Labour’s Jack Dromey.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow  reads the result of a vote on former attorney general and pro-Remain MP Dominic Grieve's amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019.  The House of Commons has rejected a bid by Jeremy Corbyn to force a debate on LabourÕs Brexit plans. Mr CorbynÕs call for more time to be given for MPs to consider alternatives to the Brexit deal was the first in a series of amendments being put to the vote on Tuesday evening. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA WireHouse of Commons Speaker John Bercow reads the result of a vote on former attorney general and pro-Remain MP Dominic Grieve's amendment to the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019. The House of Commons has rejected a bid by Jeremy Corbyn to force a debate on LabourÕs Brexit plans. Mr CorbynÕs call for more time to be given for MPs to consider alternatives to the Brexit deal was the first in a series of amendments being put to the vote on Tuesday evening. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

It won by 318 votes to 310, and “rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future Relationship”.

It came after MPs rejected a bid to delay Brexit, put forward by Labour former minister Yvette Cooper, in order to prevent a no-deal departure.

Other amendments were defeated, including one by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to force a debate on Labour’s Brexit plans.

Mr Corbyn told the Commons he was prepared to meet the prime minister to discuss Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May addresses MPs following the results of voting on Amendments put forward by MPs over the Government's Brexit deal, in the House of Commons, London.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA WirePrime Minister Theresa May addresses MPs following the results of voting on Amendments put forward by MPs over the Government's Brexit deal, in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday January 29, 2019. See PA story POLITICS Brexit. Photo credit should read: PA Wire

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