The United Kingdom parliament has on Wednesday voted 312 to 308 to reject a no-deal Brexit at any circumstances, weakening British Prime Minister Theresa May and paving a way for Brexit delay that could last till June end.
According to BBC news reports, the members of parliament are now slated to hold a referendum on Thursday over delaying Brexit deal and whether to ask the European Union for permission to delay the date for Britain’s departure from the bloc.
The government has indicated that the Brexit delay could be a short extension or much longer based on the MPs backing May’s existing withdrawal deal that has been once agreed on with the EU by March 29. This means May could pitch her Brexit deal for the third time to the parliament in the coming few days.
Wednesday’s vote was over a motion which has said that the UK should not leave the bloc without any specific deal on 29 March, but with an option of a no-deal Brexit at any other time.
The government was seeking to hold control of the Brexit, as well as keep no-deal on the table so that they can order Conservative MPs to vote against it.
1. MPs just voted clearly to say we should never leave EU without a deal
2. Govt lost cos so many Tories, inc ministers, ignored what told to do by party bosses
3. May warns if MP s don't accept her deal v soon reality is that means a long delay to Brexit
4. Votes on delay tmrw
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) March 13, 2019
After the vote’s result read out, May said: “The options before us are the same as they always have been.”
May added, “The legal default in EU and UK law is that the UK will leave without a deal unless something else is agreed. The onus is now on every one of us in this House to find out what that is.”
UK parliament will be on Thursday asked if they want a delay to Brexit until June 30 in order to allow the bill to get pass through the parliament. But it is only possible if the MPs back May’s Brexit deal by 20 March, the government said.