New Brexit delay bill passes in Parliament by one vote

New Brexit delay bill passes in Parliament by one vote

"The British Parliament once again voted against all options".

Hours before May's statement, European Union negotiator Michel Barnier offered European Union legislators his downbeat assessment as British Cabinet ministers tried to thrash out a new proposal that the U.K. Parliament could consider following the defeat of the government's plan and a range of lawmaker-written alternatives.

With just 11 days until the United Kingdom must come up with a new plan or crash out of the bloc in chaos, the House of Commons threw out four options created to replace May's thrice-rejected Brexit deal - though in some cases it was close.

The result leaves May's Conservative government facing hard and risky choices. It can gamble on a fourth attempt to push the deal through Parliament, let Britain tumble out of the bloc without a deal, or roll the dice by seeking a snap election to shake up Parliament.

Despite the downbeat assessment, Barnier did say that "we can still hope to avoid it" through intensive work in London ahead of an April 10 summit.

After an eight-hour cabinet meeting on Tuesday, Ms.

The prime minister had to go to European leaders and ask for a delay.

The votes are not binding on the government, but Justice minister David Gauke said on Sunday that it would have to "consider very carefully the will of parliament".

The narrowest defeat - 276 votes to 273 - was for a plan to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU, guaranteeing smooth and tariff-free trade in goods.

A plan for a second referendum was also narrowly defeated by 280 to 292. A no-deal Brexit could come as soon two days after that.

May had already ruled out all the ideas under consideration.

Nick Boles MP
Nick Boles MP

The Government is still trying to build support for Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, which has been rejected three times by Parliament.

Option D (Nick Boles): Common Market 2.0/Norway-plus. Another popular option last week, with 268 votes in favour.

This is a breaking news story and is constantly being updated. But the deputy leader of the opposition Labour Party, Tom Watson, said his party was on election footing.

The lack of consensus reflects a Parliament and a government deeply divided over how - and whether - to leave the EU. "Being prepared for no deal does not mean that there will be no disruption", he said.

But Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss said it would be better than a soft Brexit.

The Brexit impasse has alarmed businesses, who say the uncertainty has deterred investment and undermined economic growth.

"We still have a little bit of patience", he said.

But May's words brought relief for those who fear the effects of a no-deal Brexit, which would complicate trade and travel, with new checks on borders and new regulations on dealings between the European Union and Britain.

A group of British lawmakers is planning to try to pass a law to ensure the country does not crash out of the European Union without a divorce deal.

It was the second set of "indicative votes" on alternative Brexit options, with MPs also failing to agree on any one option in a vote last week, where eight options were on the table. "A hard Brexit is now nearly inevitable", the European Parliament's Brexit spokesman, Guy Verhofstadt, said.

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