British lawmakers overwhelmingly voted for Brexit delay

16 March, 2019, 04:17 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • British PM May fails to win over her party ahead of Brexit vote

MPs, however, also voted against a proposal to hold a second referendum during the delay, dealing a blow to the hopes of pro-EU campaigners.

Josh Hardie, deputy director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, said the vote for an extension showed there was "still some common sense in Westminster".

Now that Article Fifty has been extended, will May's deal be accepted?

Meanwhile, most MPs from the ruling Conservative Party voted against delaying Brexit - including seven cabinet members - meaning May had to rely on Labour and other opposition votes to get it through.

UK MPs voted Thursday for a postponement of the Brexit date as well as a new vote on Theresa May's European withdrawal agreement with Brussels, offering the Prime Minister a breath of fresh air. That vote could come next week.

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

If it fails to gain support, having already been defeated in the Commons by large margins twice, Mrs May has warned a longer extension may be needed and the United Kingdom may have to take part in European elections.

"So it'll either be a no-deal now, or a change of plan from London, of which we see no sign at the moment", the official added.

If she wins that vote, she will ask for a one-off extension to Brexit get the necessary legislation through Parliament at an European Union summit on March 21 - if not she could ask for a longer extension.

His party "wanted to get a deal but it had to be the right deal", he said.

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Signatories of the amendment in the name of the Conservative MP Lee Rowley included Boris Johnson and Bill Cash plus the DUP's Nigel Dodds and Labour MPs including Gareth Snell, Caroline Flint, Denis Skinner, Kate Hoey and John Mann.

The Japanese government on Friday voiced its concern over further uncertainty related to Britain's exit from the European Union following a vote in parliament to delay the plan.

Brexit is only Brexit if it delivers full independence of all areas of government, law and public administration, her deal does not do that.

A vote by Britain's parliament to seek to delay when it leaves the European Union only adds uncertainty about timing to an already hard situation, Germany's DIHK industry group said in comments published by German media on Friday.

"Although a no-deal exit was voted down, we can not predict what will happen because it depends on how negotiations with the European Union will go, We will have to watch developments closely", Aso said. To take no deal off the table, it is not enough to vote against no deal - you have to agree to a deal.

She told BBC Radio 4's Political Thinking With Nick Robinson podcast: "The element now is that people will have to take a bad deal rather than no deal".

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.

DUP leader Arlene Foster signalled yesterday she may be willing to agree to a deal as business leaders piled pressure on her to avoid a no-deal scenario.

May's spokesman said earlier on Thursday that she would put her Brexit deal, struck after two-and-a-half years of negotiations with the European Union, to another vote "if it was felt that it were worthwhile".

The wording of the amendment calling for the new referendum - which has been selected for debate by Speaker John Bercow - proposes a choice between a deal as agreed by the parliament, and staying in the EU. It should be noted that the votes are not legally binding and a no-deal Brexit on March 29 is still a possibilty unless the two sides reach a deal.

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