United Kingdom lawmakers to vote on fresh referendum

However, MPs categorically rejected an amendment that called for a second Brexit referendum.

The first would be to get the a deal on the Withdrawal Agreement and then have a short extension while the second would be a longer period to sort out Brexit, he explained.

But today the Speaker of the House John Bercow has selected four other key amendments to be voted on - which could change the course of Brexit or move towards cancelling it altogether. The decision sparked some anger among pro-European MPs, who have long feared the Labour leadership's support for a second vote was political posturing.

Shadow housing minister Yvonne Fovargue, shadow education minister Emma Lewell-Buck, shadow business minister Justin Madders, Ruth Smeeth, a shadow ministerial aide, and Labour whip Stephanie Peacock, all quit their roles to oppose one.

A possible delay to the March 29 exit date, which British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek, will top the agenda when European Union leaders meet in Brussels late next week.

Speaking on a visit to Paris, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said "everyone would welcome" MPs approving the deal and Brexit being briefly pushed back to get the necessary legislation through.

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

Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage reacts during "Brexit Betrayal" march from Sunderland to London, in Sunderland, Britain March 16, 2019. "European Council President Donald Tusk shares the same reluctancy of going head on with the current Brexit deal as "the EU was open to Britain postponing its exit" according to Al Jazeera".

Quitting the European Union after 46 years on 29 March remains the legal default unless European Union leaders unanimously grant Britain an extension.

The draft paper obtained by the Financial Times makes clear Britain has to take part in the May 23-26 votes if it wants an extension of more than three months.

Nearly three years later, United Kingdom lawmakers remain deadlocked over the government's Brexit deal.

Health Secretary Matthew Hancock said it would be "extremely difficult" but "still possible to deliver Brexit on 29 March with a deal".

Speaking to the Press and Journal, he said that if faced with a clear choice of a WTO Brexit of no Brexit at all, then MPs would vote for no Brexit at all and face a backlash.

Following the votes, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn reiterated his support for a further referendum after earlier ordering his MPs not to vote for one.

A People's Vote campaign. Few opposition lawmakers backed the measure and even campaigners for a "people's vote" said the time was not yet right.

Theresa May leaving 10 Downing Street ahead of the vote at Parliament to extend Article 50.

Quitting the EU after 46 years on 29 March remains the legal default unless EU leaders unanimously grant Britain an extension, with the issue likely to dominate a 21-22 March EU summit in Brussels.

Vanessa Coleman

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