OK, So What Happens Now That MPs Have Voted To Delay Brexit?

OK, So What Happens Now That MPs Have Voted To Delay Brexit?

It depends in my view on what conditions the European Union places on that extension, because of course the British government now is tasked by parliament to request an extension, and they will undoubtedly provide a time period on that, so they will be asking for an extension for a particular period of time.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for the European Commission, the EU's executive body, said any delay to Article 50 would require "the unanimous agreement of all 27 member states", citing the 27 other countries which make up the EU, minus the UK.

An amendment which would have seen parliament take more control of the Brexit process failed to pass by just two votes.

A new vote on May's deal is likely next week, when those lawmakers must decide whether to back a deal they feel does not offer a clean break from the European Union, or reject it and accept that Brexit could be watered down or even thwarted by a long delay. May tries to push her deal through.

May had to rely on Labour and other opposition votes to get it through MPs earlier rejected an attempt to secure another Brexit referendum by 334 to 85.

Labour MP Wes Streeting, who supports a second referendum but voted against the amendment, said that today was not "the right time" to back another vote.

The motion in Theresa May's name, authorising the prime minister to request an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process, was passed by 412 votes to 202 - a majority of 210.

Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom said the government's Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, had considered the matter and would comment further if he thought it was necessary.

Success would be a remarkable turnaround for May, whose authority has been shredded by a series of defeats in Parliament.

The party's leadership is facing near hour-by-hour questions on what the party's position is on Europe following a chaotic week at Westminster, which has seen Prime Minister Theresa May humiliated with the sight of her withdrawal deal being rejected by MPs again and open warfare breaking out among Conservative MPs with contrasting ambitions for Brexit.

The day before, the House of Commons voted its disapproval of a "hard" Brexit - a fast, clean break.




"I hope that MPs (lawmakers) of all parties will be over this weekend reflecting on the way forward", Mr. Lidington told BBC radio, adding the legal default was still that Britain would leave on March 29, unless something else is agreed.

Sterling, which swung more wildly this week than at any point since 2017, fell on Thursday from nine-month highs as investors turned cautious about May's chances of getting her Brexit deal approved next week.

The deal was rejected for a second time in the House of Commons earlier this week.

"I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly".

"She didn't listen to that and that's fine - she's got to do what she's got to do". He said: "Today I reiterate my conviction that a deal can be agreed based on our alternative plan that can command support across the House". Brexit supporters say that, in the longer term, it would let Britain forge trade deals across the world and thrive.

European Council president Donald Tusk has indicated that the EU may be ready to offer a lengthy extension to negotiations if the United Kingdom wants to "rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it".

Mr Blackford said the priority should be a second European Union referendum with Remain on the ballot paper.

May's government and her Conservative Party are divided and discipline has frayed, with several ministers refusing to back the government's line in voting.

And former cabinet minister Esther McVey - who resigned her role over Mrs May's Brexit deal - also suggested she might vote in favour of it.

Chancellor Philip Hammond is reportedly holding talks this afternoon with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in a bid to gain their support for Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.

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