Before the vote Corbyn said: “This deal is a bad deal for our economy, a bad deal for our country & a bad deal for our people. I urge MPs to vote down this deal.
I hope that tonight this House votes down this deal, so that then we can have a General election.
This deal is dangerous for this country, bad for the people and bad for this country’s future.
After the vote, he said:
“This is a catastrophic defeat for this government – unseen since the 1920s. I move a motion of No Confidence in the prime Minister.”
The result of tonight’s vote is the greatest defeat for a government since the 1920s in this House. This is a catastrophic defeat for this government.
After two years of failed negotiations, the House of Commons has delivered its verdict on her Brexit deal and that verdict is absolutely decisive.
I hear the words of the Prime Minister but the actions of her government in these past two years speak equally clearly.
She is only attempting to reach out now, to try to keep her failed deal alive after it has been so roundly rejected by parliament on behalf of the people of this country.
Labour had laid out our priorities consistently: no deal must be taken off the table, a permanent customs union must be secured and people’s rights and protections must be guaranteed so they don’t fall behind.
At every turn the Prime Minister has closed the door on dialogue.
Businesses begged her to negotiate a comprehensive customs union, trade union leaders pressed her for the same thing. They were ignored.
In the last two years, she has only had one priority: the Conservative Party.
Her governing principle of delay and denial has reached the end of the line.
She cannot seriously believe that after two years of failure, she is capable of negotiating a good deal for the people of this country.
On the most important issue facing us, this government has lost the confidence of this House and this country.
I therefore Mr Speaker, inform you, that I have tabled a motion of no confidence in this government. I am pleased that motion will be debated tomorrow so this House can give its verdict on the sheer incompetence of this government and pass that motion of no confidence in this government.”