Ever since Britain voted to leave the EU, the 48.1% who wanted to remain have been grasping on to the vague hope that some higher power would block Theresa May from pulling the Article 50 trigger.
Well, if you’re one of those people, that hope is about to deminish further. May is now free to kick off Britain’s exit from the EU after the House of Commons voted to disagree with two changes made in the Lords to the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill.
What has confused many people is that MPs voted against an amendment which was designed to give Parliament a “meaningful” vote on the Brexit deal, by 331 votes to 286.
If 331 MPs don’t want a meaningful vote in the Commons on something this big they should all resign in the morning.
— Ian M (@Marriotti67) March 13, 2017
So it appears that our MPs have voted to have no meaningful day on Brexit. So what exactly is the point of MPs if they won't vote.
— Ian (@eirn72) March 13, 2017
MPs vote meaningfully not to have a meaningful vote – sort that one out!!
— Jon Marks (@Marks_Jon) March 13, 2017
— Bob Jones (@BobJones_Herts) March 13, 2017
#brexitbill I am disgusted by our MPs and if they voted against having a meaningful say they really are even more stupid than I think
— The Panic Room (@BADHofbauer) March 13, 2017
MPs also voted against a proposal to unilaterally guarantee the rights of EU nationals living in the UK within three months by 335 votes to 287. Those voting against the Government included only two Tories, Alex Chalk and Tania Mathias.
Makes me sick to my stomach, but par for this poisonous Brexit course. They've voted down Lords' amendment on EU citizens' rights
— Alan Firth🇪🇺 (@diponte) March 13, 2017
— James Bevan (@jhjbevan) March 13, 2017
— Richard (@R_Doherty_) March 13, 2017
How ridiculous is it that we can't even protect the rights of EU citizens already resident in the UK. What a shameful nation we've become.
— Andrew (@AndrewRacklyeft) March 13, 2017
Shamed & disgusted by this govt, refusing to protect EU citizens' rights, the rights of my SIL & my nephew. They are people, not pawns.
— sianushka (@sianushka) March 13, 2017
can someone explain why the govt doesn't want to protect EU citizens who are here, making things work? #seriouslydonnotunderstand
— Ruth Kennedy (@ruthkennedy) March 13, 2017
Around 3.2 million EU citizens live in the UK while more than a million British expats reside in other EU member states.