As Brexit stalls, supporters protest betrayal of their dream

Saul Bowman
March 17, 2019

They would use the time to debate a Brexit motion that could lead to Parliament holding a series of indicative votes on different Brexit options.

Despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Brexit which has served to weaken the pound, MPs decision to take a no-deal Brexit off the table this week and avert severely damaging the United Kingdom economy gave investors a reason to send sterling higher. If it passes, she'll seek a June 30 deadline. This still needs to be agreed with the European Union though.

MPs earlier rejected an attempt to secure another Brexit referendum by 334 votes to 85.

"During this time, the British must tell us what they want: new elections?" So there is a majority in the House who are willing to consider a further negotiated deal.

The DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said the party had good talks with British ministers, including the finance minister, on Friday to see what additional assurances would be needed for them to save her deal.

May has said she will hold another vote next week on her deal, although lawmakers have already rejected it twice.

But the Commons is voting now on a more damaging plan to seize control of the Commons agenda next week with the aim of taking over the Brexit process.

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Theresa May faces another difficult night
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The main motion was backed by MPs from across the various political parties, however most Conservative MPs voted against the motion. Much will depend upon the position of hard-line Brexiteers and the DUP, as they calculate whether it is better to fall in line behind the prime minister, or face a potentially lengthy Article 50 extension that might last until at least 2020 and risk Brexit being jeopardized by a second referendum. He warned that "meaningful vote three could become meaningful vote four" and go on indefinitely, but that repeated extensions were undesirable given the growing costs to businesses "either side of the channel".

But the opposition Labour Party's finance policy chief John McDonnell said on Saturday he was concerned that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond's presence during the talks means the government might have offered the DUP money to back the deal.

"The outlook remains uncertain because we don't know how long the delay will be and whether the European Union will approve it", Seko said.

But No 10 claims that the necessary legislation could be passed by April 25, preparing the way for a new Brexit date in May.

"There seems to be two emerging possibilities, one would be the ratification of the Withdrawal Agreement by Westminster followed by a short extension into the summer which would allow them time to pass the necessary legislation or potentially a much longer extension of up to two years and the goal of that would be to allow other options to be considered, for example participation in Customs Union".

"This will be the third time I have voted to leave".


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