UK government will propose delay until June 30 if deal approved

Kenny Grant
March 14, 2019

The PM had herself had proposed rejecting no deal, but the complex nature of her motion, which kept no deal on the table in the longer term for negotiating leverage, was rejected.

After a year and a half of wrangling, British lawmakers will vote again Tuesday on Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to leave the European Union after she secured last-minute changes.

Mrs May said before the ballot that she would vote for the government's no-deal motion, and that it would be a "free vote" - meaning party bosses would not tell MPs which way to vote.

It comes as MPs voted to rule out a no deal Brexit outcome under any circumstance on Wednesday night, defeating the Prime Minister for the second time in two days.

Deal or no deal?

However, Sturgeon has slated the Tory party and May's leadership which she feels has been "pandering to Brexit extremists" while stating her belief that there's still no "workable or deliverable plan to leave the EU".

After the vote, Prime Minister Theresa May again urged the MPs to back her Brexit deal with the European Union - already rejected twice in the House - saying that otherwise a lengthy extension of Article 50 will be required.

Mrs May and her ministers repeatedly warned before Tuesday's vote that defeat could lead to opponents of Brexit taking control of the process and pushing for a second referendum.

Brexit-supporting MPs said they would look at what Mrs May achieves but that she would have to show a clear way for the backstop to end.

There is also speculation cabinet Ministers could call on Prime Minister Theresa May to quit.

"The government has been defeated again by an enormous majority", opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said. The financial consequences of a no-deal Brexit are well versed and politicians must now act to prevent this from becoming a reality for businesses and households across the country.

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The Spelman-Dromey amendment is backed by senior MPs from multiple parties, including Sir Oliver Letwin, Nick Boles and Yvette Cooper, and all of the MPs in the new Independent Group.

"No deal must be taken off the table".

That shellacking comes after her first attempt to win over Parliament tanked in January, and just a matter of days before March 29, the day on which Britain will fall out of the European Union in a "no-deal" scenario if no further action is taken.

The chaotic session of parliament demonstrated once again the splits in parliament over Brexit, reflecting the deep divisions that remain in Britain nearly three years after the 2016 referendum vote. MPs were clear that legal changes were needed to the backstop.

The European Commission repeated that a delay would indeed require a justification - but positive comments from Germany and Ireland suggested that EU members at last saw a prospect that a viable deal would be found, and were inclined to help.

Mr Johnson described it as "being trapped in the prison of the backstop".

Earlier Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the risk of no-deal "has never been higher".

"Labour has set out a credible alternative plan".

There are questions about whether May can survive the turmoil - and whether the deadlock can only be broken by a general election.

A government minister said the outcome was awful and warned the Conservative Party could split.

The UK held a referendum in 2016, in which a 51.9 per cent of voters chose to leave the world's largest trading bloc.

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