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MPs reject holding a second Brexit referendum

17 March, 2019, 03:30 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • UK lawmakers to vote on fresh referendum

Since MPs first rejected the prime minister's negotiated Brexit deal back in January in a shockingly large defeat, we've seen MPs desperately try to take control of the parliamentary timetable.

The Commons will vote on her withdrawal agreement by 20 March, after previously rejecting it by 230 and then 149 votes.

"You don't just have a short, technical extension to our membership of the European Union, you nearly certainly need a significantly longer one to find a time for parliament to come to a majority verdict", he told BBC radio. "In that case it's not a couple of months, I believe then we are talking about maybe one or two years". Instead, this is the time for Parliament to declare it wants an extension of Article 50 so that, after two-and-a-half years of vexed negotiations, our political leaders can finally decide on what Brexit means.

Meanwhile, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage was setting out on his March to Leave, starting in Sunderland and due to arrive in Westminster on March 29.

Darren Grimes, the Vote Leave campaigner who became known as the Brexit martyr after he was controversially punished by the Electoral Commission, also called on pro-Brexit MPs to vote with Mrs May.

The amendment by Hilary Benn, Yvette Cooper and Tory Oliver Letwin would allow 25 MPs from 5 parties to table a motion next Wednesday afternoon - the latest deadline for getting a Brexit deal - to change future Commons business.

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The People's Vote campaign, the main movement calling for another referendum, did not want the option brought before parliament, saying it was premature to move now - knowing it would be defeated.

The prime minister thus plans to make a third attempt to have parliament agree to a divorce deal - which the MPs have already rejected twice - next week, in advance of an upcoming European Union summit.

May hopes the threat of a long delay will push Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party and members of the Democratic Unionists, the small Northern Irish party that props up her minority government in parliament, to back her deal at the third attempt.

After 2½ years of tortuous divorce negotiations with the European Union, the final outcome is still uncertain with options including a long delay, exiting with May's deal, a disorderly exit without a deal, or even another referendum.

Mrs May's de-facto deputy, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, said he hoped the United Kingdom would leave in an orderly fashion but if Mrs May's deal was not approved then a long extension was on the cards. So, Parliament is faced with the same old unacceptable deal in MV3 this week.

In the pouring rain in Sunderland, northeast England, which was the first place in Britain to declare a vote to leave the EU, Farage, wearing a flat cap and carrying an umbrella, said Brexit was now in danger of being scuttled by the establishment.

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