UK Parliament Backs Brexit Delay

UK Parliament Backs Brexit Delay

UK Parliament Backs Brexit Delay

The British government is hoping that talk of a long delay to Brexit will persuade hardliners in May's own Conservative Party and its ally, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to get behind her deal. The only way for that not to happen is for Parliament to embrace May's deal on a third try or for the European Union unanimously to agree to extend the March 29 deadline.

"You don't just have a short, technical extension to our membership of the European Union you nearly certainly need a significantly longer one to find a time for parliament to come to a majority verdict", he told BBC radio. If they reject the deal, the UK's exit could be delayed further.

On Thursday, March 14, MPs voted to ask European Union leaders to simply push Brexit back in a bid to head off a chaotic end to their 46-year partnership.

Brexit-supporting Conservative MP Ben Bradley said on Thursday it was possible most ERG members could switch to supporting May's deal next week. He said he hoped the United Kingdom would "leave as soon as possible in an orderly fashion" if Parliament backs May's withdrawal agreement next week.

"There is professional bewilderment that the motherland of common sense is in this place", one European diplomat said.

In a rare good day for the United Kingdom leader, the House of Commons on Thursday voted 412 to 202 to endorse her motion, buying her time to try and persuade doubters in her own Conservative Party to back her proposal or risk a lengthy postponement to Brexit they're increasingly desperate to avoid.

European Union leaders have said they would consider any request from London.

Brexit will pitch the world's fifth largest economy into the unknown and opponents of the divorce fear it divides the West as it grapples with both the unconventional USA presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

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After a series of Parliamentary defeats, British Prime Minister Theresa May grudgingly gave lawmakers a chance to delay Brexit.

The 25 March vote will also pose another threat to the Brexit hard liners and might just work because MPs could use the opportunity to vote for a softer departure than May is proposing.

Now May wants a third go. If she can swing the DUP behind her, along with several dozen hardliners in her own party, she will be getting close to the numbers she needs. May's spokesman said the government was still making preparations for a no-deal exit.

Rebels have accused May of botching the negotiations with Brussels and surrendering on the backstop - an insurance policy which sets out what happens to the Irish border if the sides fail to find another solution. Brexit supporters say that, in the longer term, it would let Britain forge trade deals across the world and thrive. "They could have had the vote and it should have gone smoothly", the president added.

The government narrowly averted an attempt by lawmakers to seize the agenda on March 20 with the aim of forcing a discussion of alternative Brexit options - possibly limiting May's options when she takes her case for delay to the EU.

Opponents of Brexit hope another referendum will eventually become the only way out of the deadlock.

Lawmakers voted on Wednesday not to leave without an agreement but still lacked a clear roadmap on the way forward three years after Brexit was approved in a bitterly divisive referendum in June 2016.

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