European Union to Agree Brexit Extension for Second Referendum, Soft Exit

On Thursday night, the MPs voted 412 votes to 202 to approve of Prime Minister Theresa May's plan to delay Brexit, after the House of Commons earlier this week overwhelmingly rejected her withdrawal agreement by a large margin, for a second time, and then voted to reject a no-deal Brexit, CNN reported.

But Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, said this week the party would "take every opportunity" to do it again if it looked like it could win.

French President Emmanuel Macron's office said that if the current deal is rejected again "a clear and new alternative plan" must be presented or else Britain would have to leave the European Union with no agreement.

Lawmakers are now voting on a series of amendments to a government motion on delaying Brexit.

Josh Hardie, deputy director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, said the vote for an extension showed there was "still some common sense in Westminster".

"Even the motion tabled for this evening by the UK Government recognises this".

"A second referendum or too long an extension would also be a humiliation", Mr Legutko added.

Juncker on Monday said a delay beyond European Parliament elections at the end of May would mean Britain would have to take part in the polls.

"I do not think that would be the right outcome", said Mrs May.

In the staunchly pro-Brexit port of Dover in southern England, retiree Mary Simpson said she felt her voice as a "leave" voter had not been heard.

"The deal the UK Parliament will vote on tonight is the final one", he said. A request for an extension of Article 50 requires the unanimous agreement of all 27 member states.

British Prime Minister Theresa May will request an extension to the Brexit negotiation period known as Article 50 when she attends a European Council meeting on March 21.

The vote didn't prevent lawmakers from trying again later to get Parliament's support for another referendum.

At a news conference following the meeting, 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.

The series of votes has deepened divides in the United Kingdom, both in parliament and in the country at large as protesters of both factions once again gathered outside Westminster.

Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington said the likelihood of a no-deal Brexit had "diminished" with Thursday's votes. "And we've got to vote on it today".

Mr Cox wrote in a three-page conclusion that the risk of Britain ending up trapped in the bloc's trade arrangements had been reduced by May's last-minute deal but still remained.

"We would expect the announcement on tariffs for goods moving from the Republic of Ireland into Northern Ireland to be reciprocated for those moving in the other direction - it is now up to the Irish Republic to make clear where they stand".

They said its potentially indefinite nature and the UK's inability to withdraw from it unilaterally eroded the UK's sovereignty and did not deliver a true withdrawal from the EU.

The set to leave the bloc March 29 as a result of a 2016 referendum where British voters made a decision to leave the union after more than 40 years of membership. Everything she had done since she entered office was meant to deliver that.

May will spend Friday and the weekend trying to persuade opponents to support the withdrawal agreement, which Parliament has resoundingly defeated twice. Parliament chose to reject that deal and we now have to confront the hard position that decisions taken by Parliament have left us in.

  • Leroy Wright