Britian votes to ask European Union to delay Brexit

Geraldine Edwards
March 15, 2019

Markets largely expected MPs to vote in favor of a Brexit delay headed into today's session.

The government and ERG said they will vote against all the amendments.

Most Labour voters abstained on the vote after the party backed down from supporting a so-called People's Vote but 25 opposition MPs did vote in favour, against the orders of their party.

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An amendment on a second referendum brought by a cross-party group of remainer MPs was voted down by 334 votes to 85. I mean. she's got to do what she's got to do. A cross party amendment from Labour's Hilary Benn and Yvette Cooper with Tory Oliver Letwin wanted to cancel Government business next Wednesday was defeated 314 to 312 after Theresa May's deputy David Lidington promised MPs the Government would stage its own indicative votes after next week's European Union summit if the Brexit deal fails again.

The parliament vote came a day after May's deal to exit the European Union was heavily defeated for the second time.

A Labour amendment demanding an extension to Article 50 withdrawal negotiations to provide time to "find a majority for a different approach" was also selected by the Speaker for debate.

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Irish foreign minister Simon Coveney told RTE radio: "If you have a long extension of, say, 21 months to the end of 2020 - whatever the period would be - then Britain has a legal entitlement to have representation in the European Parliament" and so must take part in EU elections. I gave the Prime Minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and I think you would have been successful.

And he added: "I am very happy with the Prime Minister's deal".

The amendment by Hilary Benn, Yvette Cooper and Tory Oliver Letwin would allow 25 MPs from 5 parties to table a motion next Wednesday afternoon - the latest deadline for getting a Brexit deal - to change future Commons business.

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If that option is voted down as well, the legislature will consider extending the Brexit deadline, now set for 29 March. Speaking immediately after the vote, Ms May said she profoundly regretted the decision the House had taken.

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