Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

British MPs narrowly reject no-deal Brexit in non-binding vote

British MPs narrowly reject no-deal Brexit in non-binding vote

May's fellow Conservative Members of Parliament is a blow to the Prime Minister and it means that her Brexit deal is likely to be defeated by MPs in a vote scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Lawmakers rejected the deal in a 391-242 vote, ignoring May's entreaties to back the agreement and end the political chaos and economic uncertainty that Brexit has unleashed.

Verhofstadt said that he is against any extension to the article 50 "if it's not based on a clear opinion of the House of Commons for something".

Both Britain and the European Union have ramped up planning for a no-deal Brexit, which would rip up decades of rules for travel and trade between Britain and the EU.

But Barnier also questioned the point of an extension at all, while addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, and warned that the risk of a no deal "has never been higher". "Tomorrow, the House of Commons will debate the improved deal that these legal changes have created".

The Government is expected to whip against it, and Theresa May confirmed she would not support it.

"I think what we all want really is a genuine free trade agreement, not membership of a political club, and that is what that document did". It takes Britain out of the EU single market and customs union, common fisheries and farm policies and the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

Divisions between the different wings of the Cabinet were on show as MPs considered rejecting a no-deal Brexit.

Germany's foreign minister said the U.K. Parliament's rejection of the Brexit deal was "reckless".

It is also now set in the UK's European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, which cancels the operation of EU law in the United Kingdom, as being the date of "exit day" (this would have to be amended if there is an agreement to extend).


For it to succeed she would have to convince Brexiteers that the only way to avoid Brexit being cancelled altogether was to hold their noses and vote for her deal.

The EU would prefer only a short extension, ending before EU-wide parliamentary elections due May 24-26, although it is not clear that this would be long enough to solve the impasse in London. The discussion on Article 50 is done and dusted.

Hours before a vote on the deal in parliament, May had failed to win over the main Brexit faction in her own party, while Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up her minority government, said it would vote against her.

Britons voted by 52-48 percent in 2016 to leave the European Union but the decision has not only divided the main parties but also exposed deep rifts in British society, bringing concerns about immigration and globalisation to the fore.

The EU has already rejected the idea, which it views as amounting to a transition period without a formal Withdrawal Agreement.

But on Wednesday evening, senior euroskeptic lawmakers were defiant, with one, Steve Baker, declaring they would keep on voting against May's deal if it was put forward again.

Mr Corbyn then called for a general election, but did not mention the prospect of a second referendum.

He told the European Parliament today: "We don't want to waste another four years of our life, four more years of agony, and you don't want to waste another four years".

Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who leads the Labour Party, attacked both the idea of extending the Brexit deadline as well as the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

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