Cash said it was “inconceivable” to allow Northern Ireland to be governed separately from the U.K. but it’s not only Brexiteers that were unhappy with May’s Brexit deal. Remainer and pro-Scottish independence politician Nicola Sturgeon, the head of the Scottish National Party, tweeted that the deal’s defeat was “entirely predictable” and that the government had been “pandering to Brexit extremists” and had spent too much time “trying to appease” the ERG and DUP.
MP Tom Brake, a member of the staunchly “Remainer” Liberal Democrats and the party’s Brexit spokesman, told CNBC Tuesday evening that the deal “offended” him.
“(The withdrawal agreement) does not satisfy anything like a majority of MPs. I find it offends me because it doesn’t give us that close relationship with the EU that I would like, and in fact I would like us to stay in the EU, but it also offends hard Brexiteers who really don’t want any relationship with the EU at all.”
Richard Burgon, a member of the opposition Labour party, said that a way out of the parliamentary impasse was for the prime minister to look at his party’s suggestion that the U.K. remains in a permanent customs union with the EU.
“Parliament can make it clear again and again to the prime minister that a Brexit deal is possible that commands the support of the majority of the House of Commons but not on the basis that she’s pushing it,” he told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick Tuesday evening.