Short extension, long extension, no extension: the Brexit choices facing the EU

Mar 15, 2019, 00:33
Short extension, long extension, no extension: the Brexit choices facing the EU

British MPs prepare to vote for the Brexit deal in Parliament in London, Britain, March 12, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. The latter scenario - dubbed a "no-deal Brexit" - would, according to most experts and critics, be an unprecedented act of economic self-harm.

"It has been completely consistent with Government policy to date that we should not leave on March 29 without a deal".

May promised to allow MPs to vote on a "no deal" option on Wednesday and, if that is rejected as expected, to decide on Thursday whether to ask the European Union to delay Brexit.

Stoke MP Ruth Smeeth, who was Labour deputy leader Tom Watson's parliamentary private secretary (PPS), has also resigned from her role after joining the rebels. To take no deal off the table, it is not enough to vote against no deal - you have to agree to a deal'.

A Labour Party spokesman said: "This afternoon Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Nick Brown and Keir Starmer had a useful and constructive discussion with Peter Kyle and Phil Wilson as part of Labour's engagement with MPs across Parliament to find a practical solution to break the Brexit deadlock".

Dixon expects that most MPs are against the idea of a second referendum, according to opinion polling data, with it the least likely option moving forward.

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If Mrs May can pull off an unlikely victory, she will go to Brussels to seek a delay of up to three months to get the deal into law. If an extension is voted for, it will raise hopes of groups campaigning for a second referendum or "People's Vote".

"But, we'll be bringing it back next week".

In a speech in Romania, Mr Barnier said: "What we need to move ahead is not a negative vote against no-deal".

"The EU has done everything it can to help get the Withdrawal Agreement over the line", Barnier tweeted. Graham Brady, an influential Conservative lawmaker, said the two most likely scenarios were leaving the European Union without a deal "or some kind of endless delay".

The Prime Minister also achieved a victory today as the House rejected two amendments that would have given the chance to MPs to hold a series of indicative votes on Brexit next week.

"We'll keep holding the Government to account and providing the real opposition our country needs".

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Some lawmakers want her to have Parliament consider different forms of Brexit to see if there is a majority for any course of action. But she has made clear her plan is still on the agenda, despite twice being rejected by an overwhelming majority in Parliament, in January and again this past Tuesday.

Michel Barnier, the European Commission's chief negotiator, questioned the point of an extension on Wednesday, telling MEPs in the European Parliament: "Why would we extend these discussions?"

Speaker John Bercow infuriated MPs by allowing a vote on another referendum, drawing outcry from Brexiteers in the House of Commons.

The pound tumbled on Tuesday after the United Kingdom government's top legal advisor cast doubt on Prime Minister Theresa May's last-gasp changes to her Brexit deal hours before a vital vote that few think May can win.

So what will Theresa May do tonight in event she suffers defeat over meaningful vote?

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