'I feel ashamed of my own parliament': readers on May's defeat

Guardian readers and Rachel Obordo


‘May has wasted valuable time’

A mixture of hubris and delusion has led to Theresa May wasting valuable time on getting her bad deal kicked out twice. I grudgingly admire her resilience in the face of opposition from within her own party and actually getting through yesterday with a sore throat after her late night with Junker and co; however, her failed negotiation strategy has left this country in an appalling situation.

Hopefully, no deal will get voted down today and we will be able to secure an extension to article 50. Maybe then the young people who had no chance to vote for their own futures because they were too young in 2016 will get a chance to take part in a people’s vote. If it’s still a leave vote then, so be it, but knowing now what we didn’t know then, and seeing the ineptitude of our negotiators, I think that the majority will realise that we are infinitely better off staying in the EU. GVHM27

‘I feel ashamed of my own parliament’

After two years of negotiations and with 16 days to go, we have no agreed deal in terms of how we’ll leave, with some politicians using the situation to vie for power whilst the rest run around like headless chickens. Frankly I’ve never been so embarrassed, or depressed, in being British. I feel ashamed of my own parliament. Lagan

‘We’ll look back and realise last night was the closest the UK came to leaving the EU’

I’m allowing myself a moment of hopefulness this morning. I’m sure there will be many more twists and turns along the way but I think in five years time we’ll look back and realise last night was the closest the UK ever came to leaving the EU. If the Eurosceptics can’t back that deal, they’ll never back anything. This was their moment and they’ve overplayed their hand. It won’t be easy, and there will be more drama, but a way back from the cliff edge will be found, starting with amendments submitted today and tomorrow. The ERG is a busted flush. Dan Hunt

‘Nothing has changed’

So two and half years after the referendum and with two weeks left, the UK is now almost at the point where parliament starts to have votes on the kind of Brexit it wants to have. That’s what today is the beginning of: a vote on whether it wants a no-deal Brexit or not is just an indication of parliament’s intention, it doesn’t come with any real world consequences. Bravo!

And then there is the “leader” of the “opposition” who is again droning on about a general election, hoping that if he wins, a big ‘if’ according to recent polls, to negotiate a better Brexit deal. The clock is ticking and the government and the opposition are still completely useless. As a famous politician once said, nothing has changed. Baffled015

‘Britain is humiliating itself with Brexit’

Parliament is deadlocked because what it has been asked to do, namely leave the EU, is categorically not in the public interest. It will damage our country and reduce our ability to exercise power. It will not give us control. Britian is humiliating itself with it. The only people who can break this deadlock is the public. Now the people are more aware of the insanity of the whole project, they will vote to overturn their previous decision. Give us a second referendum. Benjamin Lewis

‘Abysmal negotiation’

Tactics wrong from the start. It’s a cross-party issue and it should’ve been dealt with in a cross-party way. Should have identified what would’ve commanded the support of the majority of MPs. Abysmal negotiation. Iwascumasch

‘No deal would be a death sentence on the UK’

For me, the following words have never been so prescient, real and true. It is like speaking truth to power. And the more the Tories fall to pieces, attack each other through words and votes, we know that they have lost the fight and reverting to attacks as they position themselves for another power grab. We are better within the EU than out looking in.

I will be watching for those selfish, money-grabbing, I don’t give a damn about the UK, abusing citizens rights and increasing poverty style politicians, who would vote for no deal. A ‘death sentence’ on the UK. An extension to plan for a public vote is a credible reason. Better still, cancel Brexit through the process of revoking article 50. Let’s hold May to her words on if we don’t vote for her deal we could end up never leaving the EU. Probably the best words she has ever spoken during her political career. Fishgirl23

‘Why doesn’t someone just put a stop to digging this huge hole?’

I feel truly alarmed at the prospects for the UK at the moment. The leadership vacuum is horrendous and those that would like to take it over (on both sides) look even worse than the current lot if that’s possible. As things stumble from one crisis to the next, why doesn’t someone just put a stop to digging this huge hole? josephinireland

‘The PM and her government are bankrupt of ideas and all moral authority’

How much shame is too much shame? How much humiliation is too much? At what point do common decency and simple pride compel a person, an organisation, a government to act not in narrow self-interest of the few, but for the needs of the many and society as a whole? Even for macro-international relations and the antiquated ideas of states craft? These are the vexing questions I awake with today, and the only answers I can intuit is that this PM and her government are bankrupt of ideas and all moral authority today. They should be gone. Long gone and good riddance. LordBatu

‘Both parties are chasing rainbows’

No control, no direction, no respect. The UK is a laughing stock. Today Parliament votes, yet again, against something they do not control. You might as well vote against a hurricane. Instead of realism the major parties both chase rainbows. The only people standing up for the rights of UK citizens are the EU. I have no hope the UK will change in the next two weeks, I only hope that the folly of brexit is quickly seen and the EU is gracious enough to allow the UK to rejoin quickly and easily. gasconAlex

‘No more negotiations’

They’ve had their chance. They campaigned for years to leave. They won a referendum and persuaded parliament to let them do a deal. There was no agreement about what to achieve. Now they’ve blown it. The only options now are to rescind article 50 or to apply for an extension for another referendum. There will be no more negotiations. Paracelsus