Political turmoil in the United Kingdom following the conclusion of withdrawal agreement and political declaration on post-Brexit relationship

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Reports and analyses regarding political turmoil in the United Kingdom following the agreement reached between this country and the European Union on a withdrawal agreement and a political declaration on the post-Brexit relationship between the two sides. It includes the debate and votes by the House of Commons on the withdrawal agreement.

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The British Prime Minister Theresa May faced harsh criticism following the announcement of a deal between the United Kingdom and the European Union on a withdrawal agreement and later on a political declaration on the post-Brexit relationship between the two sides.

Despite the acceptance by her cabinet of the draft agreement, several members of her team later resigned over the content of the deal. Ms May also faced strong criticism from the more Eurosceptic sectors of her own Conservative party. Northern Irish unionists also signalled they would not be able to support the draft agreement in Parliament. Multiple media reports pointed to the possibility of a vote of no-confidence in the House of Commons. Following the official endorsement of the draft agreements by the European Union, Ms May turned her focus to making sure the withdrawal deal would be approved by Parliament in the United Kingdom. However, analysts forecast the document would fail to collect a majority across the chamber.

On 4 December, the UK Government faced further defeats in Parliament, including a vote of contempt which forced the publication of the full legal advice provided by the Attorney General on the withdrawal agreement. Members of Parliament (MPs) also backed calls for the House of Commons to have a direct say in what happens should the agreement be formally rejected.

The UK Government announced on 10 December it would delay the vote at the House of Commons regarding the Withdrawal Agreement due to a lack of parliamentary consenus in favour of it. The Prime Minister also signalled she would go back to the European Union to seek further assurances on the so-called 'Irish backstop', which would keep a seamless border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in a no-deal scenario.

It was announced on 12 December that a number of Conservative members of Parliament had triggered an internal vote of confidence on Theresa May's premiership. The Prime Minister managed to hold on to power with 200 votes against 117. Despite her victory, Ms May announced on 13 December she would not seek to lead the party beyond the end of her mandate.

The parliamentary debate on the withdrawal agreement re-started in early January 2019. An amendment requiring a quick alternative to be brought to Parliament should the draft agreement be rejected was approved by a cross-party majority on 9 January.  The debate was marred by criticism towards the Speaker of the House of Commons, who allowed such vote to take place. Attention also turned to the opposition Labour Party, amid uncertainty over the solutions offered by its leadership to the Brexit process. The so-called 'meaningful vote' was held on 14 January, which resulted in the rejection of the proposed withdrawal agreement by 432-202 votes.

Following the rejection of the withdrawal agreement by the House of Commons, the leader of the Labour Party tabled a motion of no confidence in the government, which was rejected on 16 January by 325-306 votes. As a result, Ms May launched cross-party talks to find an alternative solution for the way forward on Brexit before the deadline on 21 January. Political leaders from across the European Union called on the United Kingdom to quickly clarify its intentions.

On 29 January, the House of Commons voted on a number of amendments to the Withdrawal Act, two of which gathered a majority. One of them gives the Prime Minister a mandate to seek with the European Union a set of alternative arrangements to the so-called 'Irish backstop' (through the 'Malthouse compromise' which was agreed between different factions within the Conservative Party). The other rules out the possibility of a no-deal scenario for the UK's withdrawal from the European Union, even though this was merely indicative upon the Government.

However, yet another vote on 14 February - on a government motion asking the House of Commons to back its negotiating strategy - resulted in another cabinet defeat as parliamentarians refused to maintain the support indicated in the late-January vote.

On 11 March, it was revealed the UK government and the European Commission had agreed on further reassurances regarding some elements of the Withdrawal Agreement. This was concluded just before another meaningful vote in the House of Commons, held on 12 March. On that same day, the UK's Attorney General issued his legal opinion on the agreed Joint Instrument and Unilateral Declaration concerning the Withdrawal Agreement. The Parliament ultimately rejected the proposed agreement yet again, by 391-242 votes. On the next day, the Parliament expressed the view in another vote (321-278) that it did not wish to see the UK leave the European Union without an agreement under any circumstances. This outcome was also consequence of cabinet ministers not following their party indication for the votes. On 14 March, a majority of MPs endorsed the government's motion that would seek to delay the withdrawal from the European Union.

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Commentary and Analysis
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News
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BBC News, 18.11.18: Theresa May: Brexit won't be easier if I'm ousted https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46250607
The Guardian, 19.11.18: Theresa May defies Tory rebels to press on with Brexit deal https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/nov/18/theresa-may-tory-rebels-brexit-deal-uk-immigration
BBC News, 26.11.18: Brexit: Back my deal or risk more division, May to tell MPs https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46336772
The Independent, 25.11.18: Jeremy Hunt admits it's 'challenging' to secure MPs' support for May's deal as DUP vow to oppose her https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-deal-latest-jeremy-hunt-dup-theresa-may-eu-commons-support-a8650771.html
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The Guardian, 11.12.18: May’s leadership under threat as Tory MPs mobilise against her https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2018/dec/11/eu-steps-up-plans-for-no-deal-brexit-as-merkel-rebuffs-may
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The Guardian, 09.01.19: Theresa May suffers Commons defeat over Brexit plan B https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/09/mps-force-theresa-may-to-table-plan-b-if-she-loses-brexit-deal-vote
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EurActiv, 15.01.19: May to face confidence vote after Brexit deal suffers crushing defeat https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/may-to-face-confidence-vote-after-brexit-deal-suffers-crushing-defeat/
BBC News, 16.01.19: Theresa May's deal is voted down in historic Commons defeat https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-46885828
The Guardian, 16.01.19: Theresa May suffers historic defeat in vote as Tories turn against her https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/15/theresa-may-suffers-historic-defeat-as-tories-turn-against-her
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Foreign Policy, 15.01.19: A Very British Thrashing https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/01/15/a-very-british-thrashing-may-brexit-vote-fails/
The Economist, 15.01.19: Theresa May loses big over her Brexit deal https://www.economist.com/britain/2019/01/15/theresa-may-loses-big-over-her-brexit-deal
Politico, 16.01.19: Theresa May survives confidence vote https://www.politico.eu/article/theresa-may-survives-confidence-vote/
EurActiv, 16.01.19: May offers cross-party Brexit talks after surviving confidence vote https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/may-offers-cross-party-brexit-talks-after-surviving-confidence-vote/
Deutsche Welle, 16.01.19: Theresa May calls for 'way forward' on Brexit after winning no confidence vote https://p.dw.com/p/3BgIC
Politico, 29.01.19: May wins chance for last throw of Brexit dice https://www.politico.eu/article/may-wins-chance-for-last-throw-of-brexit-dice/
BBC News, 29.01.19: Brexit: MPs back May's bid to change deal https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47050665
The Guardian, 29.01.19: Brexit: May goes back to Brussels but EU says nothing has changed https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/29/may-goes-back-to-brussels-but-eu-says-nothing-has-changed
EurActiv, 29.01.19: Tear up Irish backstop, MPs tell May in new Brexit twist https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/tear-up-irish-backstop-mps-tell-may-in-new-brexit-twist/
Deutsche Welle, 30.01.19: EU rejects fresh Brexit negotiations https://p.dw.com/p/3CPOO
The Guardian, 14.02.19: Conservatives react angrily to defeat of May's Brexit plan https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/feb/14/conservatives-react-angrily-to-defeat-of-mays-brexit-plan
BBC News, 15.02.19: Theresa May pushes on with her deal after latest defeat https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47251134
Open Europe, 15.02.19: Government loses vote on its Brexit strategy https://openeurope.org.uk/daily-shakeup/government-loses-vote-on-its-brexit-strategy/
Deutsche Welle, 11/03/2019: Brexit: UK and EU hail breakthrough in talks https://p.dw.com/p/3EpSd
Politico, 11/03/2019: Theresa May unveils ‘legal’ add-on to Brexit deal https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-government-announces-legal-brexit-assurances/
EurActiv, 12/03/2019: May gets ‘legally binding’ assurances on backstop from last-ditch Strasbourg trip https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/may-gets-legally-binding-assurances-on-backstop-from-last-ditch-strasbourg-trip/
Open Europe: Daily ShakeUp, 12/03/2019: May and Juncker agree on legal assurances for the Irish Backstop ahead of meaningful vote https://openeurope.org.uk/daily-shakeup/may-and-juncker-agree-on-legal-assurances-for-the-irish-backstop-ahead-of-meaningful-vote/
The Economist, 12/03/2019: Theresa May’s tweaked Brexit deal returns to Parliament https://www.economist.com/britain/2019/03/12/theresa-mays-tweaked-brexit-deal-returns-to-parliament
Foreign Policy, 11/03/2019: Theresa May’s Last Dash for a Deal https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/03/11/theresa-may-last-dash-for-a-deal-brexit-eu/
EurActiv, 12/03/2019: UK set to demand Brexit extension after MPs hand heavy defeat to May https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/uk-set-to-demand-brexit-extension-after-mps-hand-heavy-defeat-to-may/
The Economist, 12/03/2019: Theresa May’s Brexit deal fails again https://www.economist.com/britain/2019/03/12/theresa-mays-brexit-deal-fails-again
Foreign Policy, 12/03/2019: Battered and Bereft, May Loses Again on Brexit https://foreignpolicy.com/2019/03/12/battered-and-bereft-may-loses-again-on-brexit/
Deutsche Welle, 13/03/2019: Brexit vote: European Union closes ranks in response https://p.dw.com/p/3Eug5
BBC News, 13/03/2019: Brexit: MPs reject Theresa May's deal for a second time https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47547887
EurActiv, 13/03/2019: UK may have to hold EU elections, May warns after MPs rule out ‘no deal’ Brexit https://www.euractiv.com/section/uk-europe/news/uk-may-have-to-hold-eu-elections-may-warns-after-mps-rule-out-no-deal-brexit/
Politico, 13/03/2019: UK parliament votes to reject no-deal Brexit https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-parliament-votes-to-reject-no-deal-brexit-2/
BBC News, 14/03/2019: Brexit: MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47562995
Open Europe: Daily Shakeup, 14/03/2019: MPs vote to reject No Deal Brexit https://openeurope.org.uk/daily-shakeup/mps-vote-to-reject-no-deal-brexit/
Politico, 14/03/2019: UK parliament votes to delay Brexit https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-parliament-votes-to-delay-brexit/
The Guardian, 14/03/2019: MPs back Brexit delay as votes lay bare cabinet divisions https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/mar/14/mps-vote-by-majority-of-210-to-extend-article-50-and-delay-brexit
BBC News, 14/03/2019: Brexit: MPs vote by a majority of 211 to seek delay to EU departure https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-47576813
The Economist, 14/03/2019: The Brexit process heads for extra time https://www.economist.com/britain/2019/03/14/the-brexit-process-heads-for-extra-time

Official
UK Government: PM's Brexit speech in Stoke-on-Trent, 14 January 2019 https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pms-brexit-speech-in-stoke-on-trent-14-january-2019
European Commission: Statement by President Juncker on the outcome of the Meaningful Vote in the United Kingdom House of Commons, 15 January 2019 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_STATEMENT-19-432_en.htm
UK Government: PM statement to the House of Commons, 29 January 2019 https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/pm-statement-to-the-house-of-commons-29-january-2019
European Commission: Speeches by President Juncker and Chief Negotiator Michel Barnier at the Plenary session of the European Parliament on the occasion of the debate on the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU, 30 January 2019 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-19-789_en.htm
European Parliament: Press Release, 30.01.19: MEPs urge UK to break current deadlock http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190123IPR24124/
UK Government: Prime Minister's press statement in Strasbourg: 11 March 2019 https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/prime-ministers-press-statement-in-strasbourg-11-march-2019
UK Government: 11 March Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration laid before Parliament following political agreement https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/11-march-withdrawal-agreement-and-political-declaration-laid-before-parliament-following-political-agreement
European Commission: Remarks by President Jean-Claude Juncker at today's joint press conference with UK Prime Minister Theresa May, 11 March 2019 http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_SPEECH-19-1635_en.htm
UK Government: Legal Opinion on Joint Instrument and Unilateral Declaration concerning the Withdrawal Agreement, 12 March 2019 https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/legal-opinion-on-joint-instrument-and-unilateral-declaration-concerning-the-withdrawal-agreement
European Parliament: Press Release, 13/03/2019: UK must make clear what it wants, MEPs say in Brexit debate http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20190307IPR30738/

ESO Records
Brexit – The United Kingdom and the European Union https://www.europeansources.info/record/brexit-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union/

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