Britain in 'amazing political mess' over Brexit

Theresa May, centre, in Parliament yesterday (CNS/Jessica Taylor, UK Parliament/Reuters)

Britain is in an “amazing political mess” over Brexit, an English bishop said yesterday. Source: CatholicPhilly.com.

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth voiced his opinion on Twitter, a day after the House of Commons overwhelming rejected the withdrawal agreement struck between Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union. The agreement sought to set out terms of a future relationship with the European Union following Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc, something the British people approved in a June 2016 referendum.

The 432-202 vote on the withdrawal agreement on Tuesday represented the biggest government defeat in British history and has left Ms May fighting for her political life.

“It’s an amazing political mess after last night’s vote in the House of Commons,” Bishop Egan tweeted.

“No one’s clear on the right way ahead,” the bishop continued. “Let’s ask the Holy Spirit to direct us all, but especially our politicians and leaders, in finding the best plan to take us forward.”

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, introduced a vote of confidence in Ms May’s ruling Conservative Party.

The BBC reports this morning that Ms May’s government survived the no confidence vote by 325 to 306 – but has yet to get MPs to back a Brexit plan.

But with her withdrawal agreement effectively dead, it means Parliament must find another way to implement Brexit by the statutory leaving date of March 29.

Mike Kane, a Labour member of Parliament and a Catholic, told CNS yesterday that he voted against the withdrawal agreement principally because he thought it was “bad for the country,” but also because it would make his political constituency, which covers south Manchester, “much poorer.”

He said he was in favour of remaining in the EU partly because, he said, “Manchester Airport is on my patch, and 74 per cent of its flights are to European nations.”

Mr Kane, the founder of the Catholics for Labour group, said he also believed the EU was founded on the Catholic social teaching principles of solidarity and subsidiarity and that it has guaranteed decades of peace so “we are not sending our 18-year-olds to the trenches in wars year after year.”

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English bishop: Britain in 'amazing political mess' over Brexit (CatholicPhilly.com)

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