Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Pro-Brexit Conservative Group to Vote Against Changes to Brexit Delay

Pro-Brexit Conservative Group to Vote Against Changes to Brexit Delay

Now that British lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit divorce deal for a second time, the country's planned March 29 departure from the bloc is an open question.

If no Brexit agreement is passed in another parliamentary vote by March 20, more time will be needed to find a solution and the United Kingdom will have to take part in European Parliament elections in May, it says. A dozen government ministers abstained rather than support May's bid to preserve the no-deal option, while another voted against, and resigned.

The pound soared after the "no deal" vote but edged down on Thursday, as Britain could still crash out of the bloc on March 29.

MPs have rejected an amendment which seeks to extend Article 50 to stage a second Brexit referendum by 334 votes to 85, majority 249.

Mrs May will look to break the Brexit deadlock by resubmitting her beleaguered deal to MPs as early as Monday or Tuesday next week. The U.K. won't be represented in the European Parliament after it quits the EU; its seats already have been given to other countries to fill in the May election.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's lead Brexit spokesman, said in a tweet there was "no reason at all" for the European Council to agree to a delay "unless there is a clear majority in the House of Commons for something precise".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister should accept that her deal and no deal were "no longer viable options".

Basically, if Parliament blocks a "No Deal" exit today, tomorrow they'll have to vote on delaying Brexit proceedings until an agreement can be worked out with the EU. Both lawmakers and the public remain split between backers of a clean break from the European Union and those who favor continuing a close relationship through a post-Brexit trade deal or by reversing the June 2016 decision to leave.

The prospect of a long extension period would be the stuff of nightmares for hardline eurosceptics, anxious that Brexit may never happen and could strengthen PM May's hand as she pushes to get her deal over the line.

The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - which twice rejected Mrs May's deal in the Commons - is holding talks with the government to see if a solution could be found allowing its MPs to support the prime minister in a future vote. It directs Prime Minister Theresa May to ask European Union leaders for more time to work out what has become a protracted political mess.

"So, in effect, the slot to decide what we are going to do next as Parliament was won six days later than we were hoping, but that is as a result of putting down the amendment". "What are the choices of the British authorities?" he said in Brussels. "Go back to square one and work out. over a proper time, the final relationship". May has warned members of Parliament that a long delay could mean no Brexit at all.

MPs first rejected the Brexit deal in January by a historic margin of 230 votes.

While the approved motion has no legal force and ultimately may not prevent a no-deal exit, it carries considerable political force, especially as it passed thanks to a rebellion by members of May's own Conservative Party and her cabinet.

"This chaos can't continue". "Something has to give".

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