Second Brexit referendum rejected by British lawmakers

Second Brexit referendum rejected by British lawmakers

Second Brexit referendum rejected by British lawmakers

A bigger delay would also see Britain take part in European Parliament elections in May - bizarrely re-immersing the country in EU politics after Brexit was originally meant to have gone into effect.

The bloc is more open to a long delay to allow Britain to radically change course - an idea favored by pro-EU British lawmakers who want to maintain close ties with the EU.

The report by The Times follows the House of Commons vote Thursday night to back applying to Brussels for a Brexit delay after having voted to rule out leaving without a deal on Wednesday. Parliament rejected a similar deal by 230 votes in January. Lawmakers rejected an attempt to strip her of control over the Brexit agenda.

Earlier on Thursday, lawmakers voted by 334 to 85 against a second referendum on European Union membership.

"I had voted against the earlier Spelman amendment during the day which its own author tried to withdraw, believing the main Government motion was more powerful".

The vote was defeated by a margin of 334 votes to 85, meaning it would not have passed even if Labour MPs who abstained had supported it.

The 10 votes provided by the DUP, which has a parliamentary pact with the Conservatives, are thought to be key to the prime minister securing her deal.

In this scenario, the government has said it is willing to find a way to allow parliament to seek a majority for an alternative path.

'Bringing the vote back for the third time without even the pretence that anything has changed is an act of desperation'.

The EU summit will take place on March 21-22, which gives her only three days next week to overturn the 149-vote defeat she suffered on March 12.

Charles Walker, a senior Tory backbencher, has said May will have to hold one.

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The votes were the last in a series of vital parliamentary decisions on Brexit over several days, mean that Britain's departure from the European Union should not now take place before June 30 and gave May a window to resuscitate her plan.

Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, speaks outside the Cabinet Office in London's Whitehall.

"We talked about Brexit, something that's turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be", Trump said at an annual Capitol Hill luncheon for the Irish hosted by the House speaker.

"Under no circumstances an extension in the dark!" tweeted the European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt.

BTheresa May speaks in the House of Commons.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said in Brussels said he wasn't sure more time was the answer.

'When you come to the end of a negotiation, that's when you really start to see the whites of people's eyes and you get to the point of a deal'.

May's deal, an attempt to keep close relations with the European Union while leaving the bloc's formal structures, was defeated by 230 votes in parliament on Jan 15 and by 149 votes on March 12. Now it looks as if this is Mrs May's most likely course of action.

European Council president Donald Tusk said: "I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it".

Conservative lawmaker George Freeman suggested that May should promise to quit to get her deal through.

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