7 ministers voted against Brexit extension

7 ministers voted against Brexit extension

7 ministers voted against Brexit extension

MPs have voted to delay Brexit beyond the scheduled date of March 29 amid dramatic scenes in the House of Commons. The motion is not legally binding and does not rule out Britain leaving the EU.

Following the top level discussions on Friday, DUP deputy leader Nigel Dodds said: "We have had a long series of discussions with a series of Cabinet ministers today". If May's deal doesn't pass next week, she will ask the European Union for a delay of unspecified length, adding another great big unknown to a process already full of them.

This week alone, lawmakers voted to defeat May's withdrawal agreement, to rule out leaving the European Union without a deal, and to seek a Brexit delay.

May is expected to hold another Parliament vote on her Brexit deal before Wednesday.

But there was some good news for May, as lawmakers rejected an attempt to strip her of control over Brexit.

Voting on a cross-party amendment to give Parliament a say on withdrawal negotiations, MPs wound up 312 for to 314 against, a losing margin of just two votes.

Thursday night, the British MPs also overwhelmingly rejected, by 334 votes to 85, an amendment presented by Sarah Wollaston, the Independent Group, proposing the organization of a second referendum on Brexit.

MPs have voted against holding a second Brexit referendum this evening by a substantial majority of 249 votes.

Theresa May was not in parliament for the vote.

Postponing Brexit gives May some respite, amid a crisis that has shredded her authority and obliterated her control of a fractious Conservative minority government.

If she wins that vote, she will ask for a one-off extension to Brexit get the necessary legislation through Parliament at an European Union summit on Thursday - if not she could ask for a longer extension.

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But her Attorney General Mr Cox told Parliament the risk of getting locked into the backstop indefinitely had not changed, and it was later rejected by 149 votes.

"It's still really hard to see how the numbers stack up for Theresa May, but she's giving it one more go", he said.

If May's deal is approved, she hopes to use a delay until June 30 to enact legislation needed for Britain's departure.

Downing Street is hopeful that the support of the DUP is key to unlocking the backing of many Conservative Brexiters when May brings her deal to the House of Commons for the third time.

One former Cabinet minister said in order for the ERG to climb down and support May's deal at the third time of asking, "there's an unlock requirement - and that's the DUP - and their primary concern is that they will be separated from us".

Officials and national leaders in the bloc are exasperated at the events in London. Most opposition Labour MPs did not back the measure and even campaigners for a so-called People's Vote said the time was not yet right for Parliament to vote on the matter.

The Council is due to meet next Thursday and Friday (21 and 22 March).

However Brexit comes about, opponents of the divorce worry that it will divide the West as it grapples with the USA presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China. May tries to push her deal through.

Lawmaker Andrew Bridgen accused her of pursuing a "scorched earth" policy of destroying all other Brexit options to leave lawmakers with a choice between her deal and a long delay.

European Council President Donald Tusk said EU leaders may only be open to a lengthy delay "if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy".

"This chaos can't continue", Freeman said in a tweet.

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