Newspaper: British lawmakers back Brexit delay

Blanche Robertson
March 16, 2019

The UK Parliament will hold a number of important votes on the future of the Brexit process in the next few days, which will determine the nature of the future UK-EU relationship.

EU Council President Donald Tusk will be in Dublin on Tuesday to meet with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and it is expected the shape of a potential Brexit extension could be discussed at that meeting.

The MP was speaking after a crucial vote in the Commons - which his party did not support - passed a motion to delay Brexit.

Britain's House of Commons on Thursday voted to seek a delay to the planned exit from the European Union from March 29 as scheduled to June 30.

FX investors are awaiting another key Brexit vote next week that will see UK Prime Minister Theresa May have her deal voted on for the third time.

She has warned that extending the departure date beyond three months could harm trust in democracy - and mean that the United Kingdom would have to take part in May's European Parliament elections.

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit had "diminished" with Thursday's votes.

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The past week's votes have exposed divisions in the UK's two largest parties.

The European Commission said it would be down to the bloc "to consider such a request, giving priority to the need to ensure the functioning of the EU institutions and taking into account the reasons for and duration of a possible extension".

In essence, Mrs May has handed Brexit supporters an ultimatum - ratify her deal by March 20 or face a delay to Brexit way beyond June 30 that would open up the possibility that the entire divorce could be ultimately thwarted.

More than half of Tory MPs - including seven cabinet ministers - voted against Mrs May's motion to put back the date when Britain leaves the EU. Options include a long delay, exiting with Mrs May's deal, leaving without a deal or even another referendum.

"The Local NFU and business chamber are now asking I back deal, as do a vast majority of my councillors and senior association figures - they feel if we continue to push we may lose Brexit. I have a role in the European Parliament", Farage said. But 17 Labour MPs defied party orders and voted to oppose another referendum - while 24 Labour MPs rebelled to vote in favor of one.

"Then we start to reach out to other EU countries who are now starting to question their membership of the EU and work with them to join us instead in a free trade bloc alternative to the EU".

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