May's Deal or No Brexit a harsh reality

May's Deal or No Brexit a harsh reality

May's Deal or No Brexit a harsh reality

The Japanese government on Friday voiced its concern over further uncertainty related to Britain's exit from the European Union following a vote in parliament to delay the plan.

"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.

Following a vote by MPs to allow an extension to Article 50, the European Council president Donald Tusk met Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague on Friday, ahead of talks with Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron on Monday. The vote of 413 in favor versus 202 against provided a clear majority of 211 for the government, a move that may avert the expected chaos that a "no deal" scenario would pose.

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.

If her European Union divorce deal is approved, May will seek a delay until June 30 to give time for Parliament to pass the legislation needed for Britain's European Union exit.

Originally, Corbyn had been against the idea of the second vote, yet with the abrupt exit of eight members of Labour, the leader favoured the referendum. Options in the longer term might include agreeing to a softer kind of Brexit, holding a general election or a new referendum.

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It could be a legal standpoint that aids Prime Minister Theresa May to get Brexiteers that have opposed her deal twice, to vote for it in a third round next week.

As talks with the government continued, the DUP said there were still issues to addressed and denied that they were seeking money from the government.

Mrs May's de-facto deputy, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, said he hoped the United Kingdom would leave in an orderly fashion but if Mrs May's deal was not approved then a long extension was on the cards.

Earlier this week, Tory MP George Freeman, a former head of Mrs May's policy board, said "we need to choose a new leader" with a vision to "make sense of Brexit" and Conservative veteran Sir Christopher Chope said he would "seriously consider" voting against her in a Commons confidence motion.

The first would be to get the a deal on the Withdrawal Agreement and then have a short extension while the second would be a longer period to sort out Brexit, he explained. His Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell concurred: "if they're going to ask for an extension that goes beyond the date when the parliament is formed, they have the obligation to take part in European elections", Borrell said.

Mr Rutte said the current Withdrawal Agreement is the "only deal on the table". The EU have said any extension would need a goal.

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