Brexit vote today: Britain's Parliament rejects Theresa May's Brexit deal

MPs to vote on no-deal Brexit as businesses sound alarm

On Wednesday, MPs will vote on leaving without a deal.

If there's no deal by March 20 - the eve of the next European leaders' summit - the delay will be much longer, she said.

She was speaking after MPs voted to rule out a "no deal" departure on March 29 - two days after they also rejected her own divorce terms. Conservative MPs would therefore be given a free vote on the motion that "this House declines to approve leaving without a deal".

The vote came at the end of a heated day of debate following the publication of Cox's opinion, when May repeatedly appealed to MPs to back her "legally binding deal". The House made its view clear by agreeing the Spelman amendment, I didn't think it was right for me to oppose that.

May's Brexit deal, arrived at in November 2018, was first rejected by an enormous margin in January following a delay on the vote - the biggest defeat of any government in any vote, ever.

She said a "short technical extension' to Article 50, the legal instrument which triggers Brexit, could give the Government time to ratify a new agreement with the EU".

May's fellow Conservative Members of Parliament is a blow to the Prime Minister and it means that her Brexit deal is likely to be defeated by MPs in a vote scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday.

But the mood has been hardening among European politicians, who seem reluctant to reopen negotiations for a withdrawal deal or grant a delay to Brexit without any specific goal.

If no deal is agreed by March 20, "then it is highly likely the European Council at its meeting the following day would require a clear goal for any extension, not least to determine its length, and any extension beyond 30 June 2019 would require the United Kingdom to hold European Parliament elections in May 2019", Thursday's motion says.

The statement said the European Commission and EU members will continue to prepare for Brexit happening without a deal in place and "ensure that we will be ready if such a scenario arises" on March 29.

Another is if a delay is approved, what new compromises the European Union could even offer the UK.

So although what has been agreed, and will be announced by Theresa May and Jean Claude-Junker in a couple of hours, will be "legally meaningful", it surely can not mean the prime minister would secure ratification of her deal by MPs tomorrow.

Mr Blighe said an extension of the Brexit deadline would mean more uncertainty for business and the nation in general. At a news conference, they announced changes created to overcome lawmakers' concerns about provisions created to ensure the border between European Union member Ireland and Britain's Northern Ireland remains open after Brexit.

Outside the Palace of Westminster, no-deal supporters were hoping the predictions of Wednesday's vote are off. But Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said it remained preferable to staying in the EU. Voting against leaving without a deal and for an extension does not solve the problems we face.

Europe's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, sat down for an exclusive interview with Euronews' Daniel Cohn Bendit on Wednesday to discuss the possibility.

The pound sterling has jumped in value as MPs took the United Kingdom a huge step closer to delaying the country's leave from the EU.

May also is unwilling to abandon the hard-won deal with the European Union on Britain's withdrawal and future relationship with the bloc.

Many fear Brexit will divide the West as it grapples with both the unconventional U.S. presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China, leaving Britain economically weaker and with its security capabilities depleted.

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