Brexit impasse: British parliament fails to find an alternative

At least six UK Brexiteer ministers to resign if PM backs no-deal Reports

Lawmakers seeking a way out of the country's Brexit morass on Monday rejected four alternatives to the government's unpopular European Union divorce deal that would have softened or even halted Britain's departure.

A motion calling for a second referendum on any Brexit deal passed by Parliament was the most popular option, gaining 280 votes in favour.

MPs also voted 273 to 276 to reject the proposal to negotiate permanent customs union with the EU.

He hinted that May could put her deal to a fourth vote this week in the hope of securing an orderly exit before European elections are held from May 23 onwards - an unpredictable complication that May's government is determined to avoid.

Frustrated with her approach, MPs in the House of Commons last week voted to give themselves powers to find an alternative strategy, by holding a series of "indicative votes" on various options.

Chief executive of London First, Jasmine Whitbread, said: "Once again, Parliament has failed to back a horse and, once again, we find ourselves with only days to go before we are due to leave the European Union without a deal - the one thing Parliament does agree we should avoid".

Mrs May now has until 12 April to either seek a longer extension from the European Union to take a different course or decide to leave the European Union without a deal.

The government is still trying to build support for Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, which has been rejected three times by Parliament.

Speaking just minutes after the voting results came out, he said: "I have failed, chiefly, because my party refuses to compromise".

"The Conservative Party has shown itself to be incapable of compromise", he said.

Announcing his decision to quit the Tory benches, Mr Boles said he would now sit as an independent progressive conservative.

His conversations with leaders begin in Paris today where French President Emmanuel Macron is reported to be sceptical about allowing the United Kingdom to take part in European elections next month.

"The best course of action is to do so as soon as possible".

None of the Monday votes on the proposals are legally binding, meaning it will be up to the British government if they act on the results.

Mrs May warned MPs before they rejected her deal that a long extension would "at least delay and could destroy Brexit".

The Cabinet's marathon session will take place amid rumours that they could be preparing for a general election.

"If it is good enough for the Prime Minister to have three chances at her deal then I suggest that possibly the House should have a chance to consider again the options that we had before us today, in a debate on Wednesday, so that the House can succeed where the Prime Minister has failed, in presenting a credible economic relationship with Europe for the future that prevents us crashing out with no deal".

Following the result, Guy Verhofstadt, leader of the European Parliament's Brexit committee, said: "A hard Brexit becomes almost inevitable". As things stand, Britain will now depart at 2200 GMT on April 12 - unless May comes up with another option.

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