British MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit

Tellers announce the results of the vote on extending Brexit negotiating period in Parliament in London

Tellers announce the results of the vote on extending Brexit negotiating period in Parliament in London

British Members of Parliament will likely vote Wednesday to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

But if MPs would not back a deal, there would have to be "a much longer extension", requiring the United Kingdom to take part in the European Parliament elections, she said.

"After three months of running down the clock, the prime minister has, despite very extensive delays, achieved not a single change to the withdrawal agreement", he said.

Theresa May has held out the prospect of a third "meaningful vote" on her EU Withdrawal Agreement within the next week after MPs dramatically voted to rule out a no-deal Brexit.

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, insisted there will be no further offer from Brussels apart from the deal already on the table.

Ms. May wasn't helped by Attorney-General Geoffrey Cox, who released a legal opinion of the revised deal on Tuesday that indicated the changes she negotiated had limited impact.

"The Prime Minister has run down the clock and the clock has been run out on her", he said, amid a raucous Parliament. If that fails, they will vote Thursday to request an extension for the EU's two-year exit procedure.

The default position if nothing else is agreed remains that Britain will exit with no deal, a scenario that business leaders warn would bring chaos to markets and supply chains, and other critics say could cause shortages of food and medicines. An allied party from Northern Ireland and pro-Brexiteers from within May's own Conservative Party had both signaled they would not support her.

May said MPs have a "free vote," meaning MPs can vote with their conscience rather than with the party, according to the BBC.

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Even if the Malthouse plan were approved by the House Commons, the European Union would be unlikely to agree a transition period without a comprehensive withdrawal agreement in place.

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.

After two-and-a-half years of haggling since the 2016 Brexit referendum, Juncker cautioned this was Britain's last chance.

After MPs first rejected the 585-page Brexit deal in January, May promised changes to the hated backstop plan which is meant to keep open the border with Ireland.

Supporters say it allows Britain to control immigration and take advantage of global opportunities, striking new trade deals with the United States and others while keeping close links to the European Union, which, even without Britain, would be a single market of 440 million people.

The late-night developments prompted a series of reactions as MPs and ministers prepared to debate on May's improved package to be introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday, with voting scheduled in the evening.

So I really don't see how Geoffrey Cox could drop his formal legal advice of last November that "the protocol [which contains the backstop] would endure indefinitely until a superseding agreement took its place" and the "Withdrawal Agreement cannot provide a legal means of compelling the European Union to conclude such an agreement".

"The government has been defeated again by an enormous majority", opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said.

"We must take what now seems to be the more hard route but in the end the one that preserves our self-respect", said former foreign minister Boris Johnson, a favorite to succeed May if she steps down.

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