British MPs overwhelmingly support Brexit delay, vote against second referendum

British MPs overwhelmingly support Brexit delay, vote against second referendum

British MPs overwhelmingly support Brexit delay, vote against second referendum

Following last night's rejection of a no-deal Brexit by parliament, MPs will vote on whether to extend Article 50 and delay the UK's exit from the EU.

The House of Commons voted 314-312 against a call to postpone Britain's departure and rearrange Parliament's timetable so that lawmakers could try to find an alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May's rejected Brexit divorce deal.

May has given politicians in her party a free vote, and investors expect parliament will vote against a no-deal Brexit - which most economists say would cause significant harm to the economy.

Amid mounting fears about about the likely traumatic economic cost of crashing out of the European Union without a deal, the press slammed a "meltdown" as Prime Minister Theresa May lost control over her own ministers.

The cross-partyproposal was the first time the House of Commons has held a formal vote on whether to endorse another referendum.

The EU is likely to offer an extension of some kind as few in Brussels want a No Deal on March 29 but the Government is likely to have to accept conditions.

Bowing to pressure, deputy prime minister David Lidington said that if May's deal is not approved by next week, the government will "facilitate" votes in late March or early April "to seek a majority on the way forward".

Mrs May has made clear that she will press her Agreement to a third "meaningful vote" in the Commons by March 20 in the hope of securing the support of MPs who rejected it by 230 votes in January and 149 earlier this week. His proposal called on the government to stop repeatedly bringing back Theresa May's Brexit deal, arguing that the Prime Minister can not keep putting forward the same motion. Most opposition Labour lawmakers did not back the measure and even campaigners for a so-called People's Vote said the time was not yet right for parliament to vote on the matter.

Ian Lucas MP voted against the Brexit deal tonight, and has just said: "The vote in Parliament today was not about Leave or Remain".

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Business Secretary Greg Clark, who was one of four Cabinet ministers who did not take part in the vote, signalled he had not resigned over the matter because he and colleagues believe they acted in line with Government policy.

Barnier also said that the European Union must hear from Britain how it plans to proceed with Brexit before determining a delay to Article 50.

MPs voted massively on Tuesday to reject her Brexit deal for a second time, and then to defy her and rule out a "no deal" exit in all circumstances.

United Kingdom lawmakers in Parliament on Thursday voted in favor of a delay in Britain's departure from the European Union, just weeks before the due to leave - although it is far from clear if E.U. leaders will agree to such a delay.

EU Council President Donald Tusk on Thursday took to Twitter to support the idea of a prolonged Brexit rethink.

Despite the win Thursday, the British government still faces a Brexit impasse. The EU, he added, needs "more decisions" from London.

Theresa May has previously revealed that Mr Trump told her to "sue the EU" and "not go into negotiations".

The source warned that Mrs May had to tell Brussels her plans the moment MPs asked for an extension to give the EU-27 time to prepare their response for next week.

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