History was made at Westminster on Tuesday night when the government suffered the biggest ever parliamentary defeat. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was rejected by 432 votes to 202, a majority of 230 with 118 of those opposing the deal being from her own party. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn immediately announced he would table a vote of no-confidence in the government.
So we ask, what next?
In the 2016 referendum, across the boroughs of Croydon, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Lewisham there was strong support for remain, with 65% of voters opting to stay in the EU. Two and a half years on, with the PM’s deal looking dead in the water, the general public have been taking to social media to voice their opinions.
What will happen after Brexit? It will get worse. I live in south east London and there are 4 schools on the main road into town. @LewishamCouncil want to make the air quality worse by slowing the traffic to a crawl past all of them. A young girl died last week because of it https://t.co/o6dr5zSpc4
— Seanr7 (@Seanr712) January 14, 2019
At least the people of Lewisham are smart (despite the 4 stickers for “Brexit will be good for jobs in London” 🤷🏻♀️) pic.twitter.com/tEpZVp51te
— Jenni Goodfellow (@_JustJenni_) January 13, 2019
There is no no deal #Brexit; there’s reverting to WTO terms. We’d become one of the 170 odd countries in the world outside the EU. Some of them are quite successful; you may have heard of the US, China, Canada, Australia & New Zealand.https://t.co/5Rk3sZysfS @SpunikNewsUK
— CroydonConstitutionalists (@CroydonConst) January 16, 2019
The ignorance on this timeline highlights the problem of May’s Brexit. She’s continually said no deal is ok, so people believe her. But it would be an economic catastrophe unless properly planned for over a ten year period. It’s not a legitimate backstop. Also means border in NI.
— James Bolton (@Jb_afcw) January 16, 2019
Brexit has driven a stake through the heart of our two-party system, exposed major social, political & regional faultlines & unearthed long-hidden grievances made all the worse for being repressed. The parallels with the Civil Wars of the 17th century are uncanny – & alarming.
— Tom Chivers (@thisisyogic) January 16, 2019