Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

MPs REJECT amendment requesting to delay Brexit until June 30

MPs REJECT amendment requesting to delay Brexit until June 30

The British parliament voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek a delay to the March 29 exit date enshrined in law.

Later on, Wednesday (March 13th), the UK MPs voted down a no-deal Brexit option in any circumstances, proffering a breathing space for UK businesses which had been shifting their assets outside the UK in the fear of a no-deal Brexit, which would eventually prevent UK companies to conduct business with other eurozone nations.

In essence, Mrs May has handed Brexit supporters an ultimatum - ratify her deal by March 20 or face a delay to Brexit way beyond June 30 that would open up the possibility that the entire divorce could be ultimately thwarted.

Her deal, an attempt to keep close relations with the European Union while leaving the bloc's formal structures, was defeated by 230 votes in parliament on January 15 and by 149 votes on March 12.

However, the difficulties of negotiating the divorce deal without opening up negotiations on future trading terms have led to problems over European Union insistence on a "backstop" insurance policy for the border that has caused British lawmakers to refuse to ratify the deal. Speaker of the House John Bercow yesterday drew the House's attention to a passage in Erskine May, the authoritative treatise on British parliamentary practice; which prohibits the same motion from being put forward repeatedly after being rejected by MPs - as the withdrawal agreement has already failed to gain MPs' approval twice, drawing the largest and fourth largest United Kingdom government defeats in modern history, the Erskine May passage could be argued to apply in this case.

The U.K.'s departure, due on March 29, is likely to be delayed as U.K. lawmakers wrangle over whether to approve a withdrawal agreement with the bloc.

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Mrs May's deal lost by 149 votes on Tuesday, with 75 rebels from her own party as well as the 10 DUP MPs breaking ranks.

The amendment for a second Brexit referendum was rejected by 334 to 85 votes.

But the deal has remained deadlocked in parliament, chiefly by disagreement over the so-called Irish "backstop" - a measure to avoid barriers at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

A German government spokesman said the next move on how to proceed with Brexit must come from London. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for Ms.

The UK Government would have to take further steps to stop that happening.

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator, Guy Verhofstadt, questioned why the E.U. should grant an extension if the British government is "not ready for a cross-party approach to break the current deadlock?"

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