British MPs reject Theresa May's Brexit deal


The House remains firmly divided, with the majority of lawmaker against Brexit altogether.

May hoped the changes would be enough to overturn the 230-vote margin of defeat for the deal in January. These arrangements can only be temporary and short term'.

"If this deal is not passed then Brexit could be lost", May said, her voice ragged after days of frantic shuttle diplomacy.

Renegotiated late Monday night, the latest version of the deal was defeated by 391 votes to 242. European Union has already begun preparing for the no-deal scenario and has calculated a rough outlook on economic impact and prepared guidelines for member nations to follow in no-deal Brexit outcome.

The vote deepened uncertainty for the future of Brexit, with no deal, a new deal and a delay all still on the table, The Metro reports.

In its latest Brexit review, the United States investment bank JP Morgan slashed the odds of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union (EU) on the terms of PM Theresa May's defeated deal to 35% from 45% but said it was still the most likely option.

The Independent says it is time for a second referendum on Brexit.

Anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray, center, protests outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of a second major vote on the government's Brexit deal. She has shown she can weather votes of no confidence and she is safe from another party leadership challenge until the end of the year.

Tory MP Bob Seely, who voted for the deal, warned that tonight's result would "prolong the Brexit purgatory" and "grab defeat from the jaws of victory".

A pro Brexit leave the European Union supporter takes part in a protest outside the House of Parliament in London Wednesday
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The EU said no deal plans were "more important than ever" after the defeat.

"Now is the time to come together to back this improved Brexit deal and deliver on the instruction of the British people", May said.

But many pro-Brexit lawmakers still believe the agreement keeps the United Kingdom bound too closely to the European Union and said they plan to vote against it, including Northern Ireland's DUP (Democratic Unionist Party) which is propping up the minority Conservative government. The EU Council meets next week (March 21) that's likely to be May's nearest chance to apply for such an extension.

But "the EU-27 will expect a credible justification for a possible extension and its duration".

The UK Government would only apply a small number of measures strictly necessary to comply with global legal obligations, protect the biosecurity of the island of Ireland, or to avoid the highest risks to Northern Ireland businesses - but these measures will not require checks at the land border.

Guy Verhofstadt speaking in the European parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday. Given the fact that the EU is not ready to negotiate further as visible from EU Juncker's warning earlier this week that the legally binding assurance is the maximum concession they were ready to make, there is no point in extending article 50 deadline any further.

She will tell MPs whether she will vote for no deal or not when she opens Wednesday's debate.

The announcement by the Democratic Unionist Party and a group of Ms. But following this latest rejection of her Brexit deal, it is hard to see what she can do next or why she would even want to go to all the effort. If they turn down that option they will vote on Thursday on delaying Brexit. The EU will likely grant an extension because it won't want to be seen as forcing a no deal situation, but the fact that an extension into May would likely see Britain having to participate in the next European parliament elections raises issues for both sides.

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