Peers in the House of Lords have now approved the bill blocking a no deal Brexit, and now it awaits Royal Assent. The move is a massive blow to Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s motion to launch an early general election was also defeated in the Commons this week. UK opposition parties have agreed not to back Boris Johnson’s demand for a general election before the EU summit in mid-October, which the PM has described as an “extraordinary political mistake”. How did the ex-PM, Theresa May, vote in the Commons motions this week?
The PM has said he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than go to Brussels to ask for another extension to the Brexit deadline.
A Commons vote was held on Wednesday, where MPs were asked to vote on whether to trigger an early election.
Theresa May stepped down as Prime Minister earlier last year, but she still attends Parliament as MP for her constituency, Maidenhead.
Theresa May has voted in-line with the government on the recent votes in the House of Commons.
Theresa May voted in favour of the motion to hold an early general election.
Under the Fixed Term Parliaments Act, a two thirds majority is required to call an early election.
A total of 434 votes were needed for the motion to pass, however only 298 MPs voted in favour of an early election.
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288 MPs abstained from voting, while 56 MPs voted against.
Earlier this week, MPs also voted in favour of a bill which would block a no-deal Brexit.
The Benn bill passed by 327 to 299, and a number of Conservative MPs were stripped of their membership of the party as a result of their votes in favour.
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Theresa May, now only MP for Maidenhead, voted against the bill aimed at blocking a no deal Brexit.
The Benn bill, having been approved by the House of Lords, now only needs Royal Assent from the Queen to be passed into law.
The purpose of the bill is to ensure the UK does not leave the EU on October 31 without a withdrawal agreement, unless Parliament approves the action.
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