British MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit

British MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit

Mrs May initially planned to order MPs to vote against the amendment, but reportedly changed her mind after a tense Cabinet meeting where pro-Brexit ministers said she must leave it up to individuals.

The issue of when, if and how the United Kingdom leaves the European Union remained up in the air after MPs on Tuesday rejected the withdrawal agreement sewed by Prime Minister Theresa May over almost three years after the 2016 referendum.

On Wednesday, Parliament rejected the prospect of leaving the European Union without a deal, paving the way for Thursday's vote that could delay Brexit until at least the end of June.

The, which included guarantees that the so-called Irish backstop will not be a permanent measure, received 242 votes in favor and 391 votes against, reports.

Even if the Malthouse plan were approved by the House Commons, the European Union would be unlikely to agree a transition period without a comprehensive withdrawal agreement in place.

In a surprise move, the Commons voted 312 to 308 - a majority of four - in favour of the proposal tabled by former Conservative chairman Dame Caroline Spelman.

Well, you're not entirely wrong. Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn used the latest defeat to call May to hold an election, suggesting his Labour Party could navigate this mess in a better way.

MP for Houghton and Sunderland South, Bridget Phillipson, said: "I am not surprised that the Prime Minister's deal has yet again been overwhelmingly rejected by Parliament, given that it has not fundamentally changed since it was voted on in January". European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Thursday he will appeal to the leaders of the other 27 EU nations "to be open to a long extension if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus about it". MPs will gather at the House of Commons again tomorrow who will be voting to extend Article 50.

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Brussels said it is "ready to sign" the withdrawal agreement agreed with Theresa May but the deal has already gone down to two huge defeats in Parliament. A long delay would potentially clear a path for a second referendum, which could overturn the result of the first.

Charles Michel said in Brussels said he wasn't sure more time was the answer. "To do what? Because the. negotiation is finished, we have a treaty, it's there", he said, holding up the 585-page document.

Late last night, May and her Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay secured a new agreement with European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker, which included ensuring that there will be "no indefinite backstop" - the key sticking point for many hard-line Brexiteers.

The government said there were now two choices - agree a deal and try to secure a short delay to Brexit, or fail to agree anything and face a much longer delay.

How long would the extension to Article 50 be?

A senior Conservative Brexiteer said to The Times: "I think what is being discussed could do enough to reassure the Democratic Unionist Party that there is a unilateral way out of the backstop".

The government said the legislators will have to decide if they want to delay the exit until June 30 but clarified that the option is only available if they support May's deal by March 20.

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