MPs completely rule out No Deal Brexit voting 321 to 278

Dwayne Harmon
March 14, 2019

After the tally, May said Parliament would vote Wednesday on a motion ruling out leaving the bloc without a deal.

Lawmakers rejected the deal in a 391-242 vote, ignoring May's entreaties to back the agreement and end the political chaos and economic uncertainty that Brexit has unleashed. That extension could be as short as three months or as long as two years.

Meanwhile, Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said he would "intensify" his country's no-deal preparations.

In response, Farage urged European Union leaders to veto the Article 50 extension "so that both you and we can get on with the rest of our lives".

The EU said there could be no more negotiations with London on the divorce terms. "I do not think that would be the right outcome", the Prime Minister told lawmakers.

Mr Dodds said that "all of this will need to be taken together and analysed very carefully, because we're speaking at the moment without having had sight of the precise text". An allied party from Northern Ireland and pro-Brexiteers from within May's own Conservative Party had both signaled they would not support her.

But for Number 10 there's an opportunity too, because MPs will soon be presented with a new choice - back the PM's deal, which has already been defeated twice, or accept the chance of a delay to Brexit.

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.

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If no deal was 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", the motion said. The discussion on Article 50 is done and dusted.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove hinted that tomorrow the government may also move to hold a series of indicative votes on Brexit options.

"The PM has my full support in her objective of leaving the European Union with a deal to deliver an orderly Brexit".

In an emotional address, Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans said that more "modesty and honesty" was required on all sides and that no decision made by either the United Kingdom or the European Union should put the peace in Northern Ireland at risk.

Ahead of Theresa May's latest push to win last-minute changes to her Brexit deal on Monday (11 March), a UK official told EURACTIV the only thing that could get it over the line was if the UK Attorney General could conclude that the threat of having an indefinite Irish border backstop has now been removed.

"We must take what now seems to be the more hard route but in the end the one that preserves our self-respect", said former foreign minister Boris Johnson, a favorite to succeed May if she steps down. After the votes, Mrs May warned the Commons it must "face up to the consequences" of its votes over the past two days. While EU leaders indicated minimal interest in renegotiating the basic terms of the agreement, the changes May was able to extract from Brussels were put to a second vote on Tuesday, which Parliament also shot down.

"This was a bad deal in January when it was rejected by the largest margin in parliamentary history", said Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party.

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