UK’s May looks at fourth vote on Brexit Deal
The Prime Minister of United Kingdom, Theresa May has stated that she hopes to bring back the Brexit Deal back to the UK Parliament next week in a fourth attempt to gain the backing of the MPs on the Deal. PM May said that she will continue to gather support for her deal as the legislators are all set to hold another round of votes on many options on Monday.
The Brexit Deal had been rejected three times by the UK Parliament thus leaving Britain with only a few options of withdrawal from the European Union with no specific deal. The UK will have to exit the bloc on April 12 unless some alternate arrangement has been made.
Many legislators who had rejected the Deal twice had given their support in its favour on Friday. However, with both the Labour Party and the Democratic Unionist Party completely opposed to the plan, a majority vote was difficult to achieve.
As the British Parliament and the government remain in a serious deadlock over the Deal, it remains unclear how, when or whether Britain will be able to leave the European Union. Brandon Lewis, who is the Chairman of the Conservative Party, said, “The government’s position is very clear- we do not support these options. The government’s position is we believe the best way to respect the referendum is to deliver the deal”. Lewis further added that all options were on the table to get Britain out of the impasse. It seems difficult to seek a customs union with the EU as it will go against the result of the referendum and also the vows which the Conservative Party took before the National Election of 2017.
The UK government will seek another extension to leave the EU bloc, which will mean that the Britain will also have to contest upcoming elections of European Parliament. Such an extension will also mean support of all other 27 EU member states. The leaders of EU have stated that the UK would have to come with a clear strategy to be able to bag a longer extension. A series of non-binding votes on many alternative Brexit plans were held at British Parliament to seek a majority of any of the approaches. Eight plans in all were put to vote but none could reach a majority.
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Topics: Aftermath of the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum • Brexit • Brexit negotiations • European Union • European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act • European Union (Withdrawal) Act
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