Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

United Kingdom must offer 'clear' Brexit response ahead of European Union summit

United Kingdom must offer 'clear' Brexit response ahead of European Union summit

Britain is expected to seek a short delay if lawmakers finally pass a twice-rejected European Union withdrawal deal, or a longer one if they don't.

Weston-super-Mare MP John Penrose voted in favour of the extension while the Wells and North Somerset representatives both opted against it.

Protesters plan to set out Saturday from Sunderland, which is 270 miles (434 kilometers) north of London that voted by 61-39 percent in 2016 to leave the EU.

The march comes after another tumultuous week for Prime Minister Theresa May in which parliament overwhelmingly rejected her divorce deal for a second time and lawmakers voted to seek a delay in Britain's exit from the EU.

The following night, 13 ministers broke ranks and voted to take No Deal off the table.

In the pouring rain in Sunderland, northeast England, which was the first place in Britain to declare a vote to leave the EU, Farage, wearing a flat cap and carrying an umbrella, said Brexit was now in danger of being scuttled by the establishment.

"MPs are out of touch with the mood of the people, who want to leave on March 29 with a clean WTO Brexit", said Mr Tice.

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Mrs May has put forward two deals to Parliament, both of which have been rejected in an overwhelming majority.

May is now expected to bring her deal back on Tuesday for a third "meaningful vote" - and Downing Street is meanwhile engaged in intensive efforts to win over the Democratic Unionist party and members of the Conservative European Research Group.

A senior European Union official is floating the possibility of a two-step delay to Britain's departure from the bloc, now scheduled for March 29.

He was speaking after MPs voted to ask the European Union to delay the UK's departure - due to go ahead a fortnight today.

Speaking on a visit to Paris, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said "everyone would welcome" MPs approving the deal and Brexit being briefly pushed back to get the necessary legislation through.

Hope quoted Mrs May's official spokesman as saying "The PM has been clear on a number of occasions she has no intention of extending Article 50". But Mrs May's party is still severely split, with more than half voting against the delay.

Amendment G, tabled by Conservative Christopher Chope, advocated a two-month delay to Brexit "for the specific goal of replacing the United Kingdom negotiating team". Options in the longer term might include agreeing to a softer kind of Brexit, holding a general election or a new referendum.


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