Newspaper: British lawmakers back Brexit delay

Cheryl Sanders
March 16, 2019

The Labour MPs Yvette Cooper and Hilary Benn and the Conservatives Sir Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles wanted to seize control of the parliamentary agenda to force a relaxation of the prime minister's red lines.

The request for a longer delay would require unanimous approval from 27 European Union member states, whose leaders will be meeting in Brussels on March 21.

If not, she'll seek a longer extension, which, she warns, may kill Brexit.

Most Conservative MPs voted against delaying Brexit - including seven cabinet members - meaning Mrs.

Amendment J was originally tabled by Labour's Chris Bryant; and would prevent a third meaningful vote on the same withdrawal agreement.

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


Mrs May says she wants to minimise any delay to just three months, but to achieve that she will need parliament to back her deal at the third time of asking early next week.

May's spokesman said the government was still making preparations for a no-deal exit.

Next week, MPs will be asked to vote again on Theresa May's deal, which they've already rejected overwhelmingly twice.

Then, on Thursday, the Commons voted by 413 to 202 to seek an extension to Article 50 - the legal mechanism by which the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU.

Moreover, any extension is not automatic as she still needs the approval of all 27 remaining European Union member-states - themselves divided on the idea - for an extension.

Downing Street said this was a "natural consequence" of Mrs May's decision to offer a free vote on an issue where there are "strong views on all sides of the debate". "But we do not think today is the right time to test the will of the house on the case for a new public vote".


"We are here in the very week when parliament is doing its utmost to betray the Brexit result", Farage said.

For all the attention on the Independent Group of former Labour and Conservative MPs, Theresa May's fragile grip on the Brexit process was nearly - but not quite - removed by a different cross-party alliance this week. But he quit as the party's leader in the days after the referendum.

"I also reiterate our support for a People's Vote - not as a political point-scoring exercise but as a realistic option to break the deadlock".

Why did MPs oppose the deal?

"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".


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