Britain in Brexit chaos: parliament crushes May's EU deal again

Britain in Brexit chaos: parliament crushes May's EU deal again

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.

MPs in the House of Commons voted 412 to 202 on Thursday in favour of a government motion proposing a "one-off extension. for the objective of passing the necessary European Union exit legislation" until June 30, provided May's widely maligned deal wins parliament's approval by Wednesday next week.

With 15 days remaining until the U.K.is to leave the European Union, members of parliament have twice roundly rejected deals that Prime Minister Theresa May has put before them - and they've also rejected leaving without a deal. In the long run, the government says a no-deal scenario would leave the economy 6 percent to 9 percent smaller over 15 years than remaining in the EU.

Mr Trump said an extension seemed inevitable but he would like to see Brexit "work out".

So what will Theresa May do tonight in event she suffers defeat over meaningful vote?

Lawmakers voted against an amendment proposing a second Brexit referendum - although many Labour MPs abstained because referendum campaigners argued that the time wasn't yet ripe for this vote to succeed.

A handful of global channels operators, including Discovery and NBCUniversal, have begun shifting their European licenses out of Britain to other countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, to ensure that the permits will still be valid throughout the rest of Europe after Brexit.

The government narrowly survived an attempt to give lawmakers control of the parliamentary agenda on March 20 with the aim of forcing a discussion of alternative Brexit options at a later date.

If no deal was agreed by March 20, "then it is highly likely the European Council at its meeting the following day would require a clear goal for any extension, not least to determine its length, and any extension beyond 30 June 2019 would require the United Kingdom to hold European Parliament elections in May 2019", the motion said.

A packed House of Commons as members wait for the result
Camera IconA packed House of Commons as members wait for the

An amendment on a second referendum brought by a cross-party group of remainer MPs was voted down by 334 votes to 85.

May gave them a boost on Wednesday, telling parliament: "We could leave with the deal which this government has negotiated, but subject to a second referendum, but that would risk no Brexit at all".

Mrs May will be excluded from the decision process as Britain does not get a vote on Brexit matters.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told MPs Mrs May had repeatedly offered a choice between her deal and no deal, adding: "In the last 24 hours, Parliament has decisively rejected both". Despite the rebuffs, May has signaled she will try a third time to get backing for the agreement next week.

Alan Wager, a researcher at the U.K.in a Changing Europe think tank, said May faced a struggle to overturn a 149-vote margin of defeat in Parliament this week.

If the delay is approved next week, May hopes to use it to enact legislation needed for Britain's departure.

"Today is about extension and about the process. the Labour Party is supporting the public vote on any deal that gets through by the Prime Minister, but today is about a different issue", Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer said.

Despite the win Thursday, the British government still faces a Brexit impasse. But all of the EU's 27 other nations have to agree.

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