MPs to vote on second Brexit referendum for first time

MPs to vote on second Brexit referendum for first time

MPs to vote on second Brexit referendum for first time

The vote authorises Theresa May to ask the European Union to extend Article 50 until June 30 - that is, if MPs vote in favour of her Brexit deal when it is put to a vote for a third time next week.

The MPs said in votes yesterday they did not want to leave with no deal; however in an additional complication the Labour leadership has now stated they do not want a referendum where Theresa May's deal is an option, as it has already been rejected by MPs twice and it is "no longer credible". House of Commons/PA Wire. "But extending Article 50 without a clear objective is not a solution".

Many Labor MPs abstained from voting on the amendment, in line with the party's instructions, in contradiction with Jeremy Corbyn's announcement in February that Labor would "table or support" an amendment in favor of a second referendum.

Despite her Brexit deal being rejected once again in parliament earlier this week, British Prime Minister Theresa May will one more time attempt to get it approved following an agreement to extend Article 50.

The amendment asks that Mrs May should seek to delay Brexit "for purposes of legislating for and conducting a public vote in which the people of the United Kingdom may give their consent" to leaving the European Union on the terms of a deal agreed by Parliament or remaining in the EU. That vote could come next week.

"Quite a number of colleagues changed their mind on this issue between the January vote and the vote earlier this week", Hammond told Sky News.

"I would not read anything in that the chancellor was there other than he is a senior member of the government who is clearly involved in numerous issues we are talking about", Dodds said.

MPs are set to vote on the latest version of her Withdrawal Agreement by March 20, with Tory MPs and the DUP still seeking further legal assurances over the Irish backstop element of the deal.

Her spokesman said ministers had agreed to "redouble their resolve" to secure a deal.

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"If it was felt that it were worthwhile to bring back a new vote, then that's what we would do".

Mr Dodds said: "We are not discussing cash in these discussions".

Cabinet Office minister David Lidington said if the deal has not passed by the start of April, the government will then agree to the series indicative votes to decide what should happen next.

European Council president Donald Tusk said: "I will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it".

Caroline Flint, a Labour MP opposed to a second referendum, said she was "really delighted" that Bercow had selected the amendment because she would have the opportunity to vote against it. May's deal, leaving without a deal or even another referendum.

She told BBC Radio 4's Political Thinking With Nick Robinson podcast: "The element now is that people will have to take a bad deal rather than no deal".

To succeed, she must win over dozens of Brexit-supporting rebels in her own Conservative Party and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which has 10 lawmakers in Parliament.

"Tonight this House has once again definitely ruled out no deal", Corbyn said, after lawmakers voted 312-308 for an amendment that would stop May from exiting the European Union on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement or future relationship framework. It lost some of those gains on Thursday.

If she looks like she can not ratify it, then a delay may give governments and businesses more time to prepare for a disruptive exit but leaders may also prefer to end doubts.

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