British Parliament votes to seek Brexit delay of at least 3 months

Friday, 15 Mar, 2019

The House of Commons has voted against a public vote on the European Union and against holding indicative votes in the chamber - but voted in favour of delaying Brexit.

For the business community, including the entertainment industry, Thursday's vote does not change their immediate status but prolongs the uncertainty they have faced over the past three years, since the 2016 referendum in which a slim majority of British voters chose to pull their country out of the European Union. On Wednesday, a dozen government ministers abstained rather than support May's bid to keep a no-deal Brexit as an option, while another voted against, and resigned.

However, with No Deal having already been ruled out by MPs in a previous vote, it is rumoured that Mrs May may renege on her promise to bring the motions forward, and instead push forward to seek an extension on Article 50 without a vote.

Parliament's votes this week won't end Britain's Brexit crisis.

May is unwilling to abandon her hard-won Brexit agreement and might try to put it to Parliament a third time, although the latest margin of defeat makes that tricky.

The EU is likely to offer an extension of some kind as few in Brussels want a No Deal on March 29 but the Government is likely to have to accept conditions.

It's yet another momentous week for Brexit, with the British parliament seeing a series of nail-biting votes. His proposal called on the government to stop repeatedly bringing back Theresa May's Brexit deal, arguing that the Prime Minister can not keep putting forward the same motion.

"And I think you would have been successful".

On December 11th 2018 the assistant editor and chief political correspondent at The Telegraph, Christopher Hope, reported that the Prime Minister was "clear on Article 50 - it will NOT be extended beyond 29 March [2019].

A packed House of Commons as members wait for the result
Camera IconA packed House of Commons as members wait for the

The British people deserve the final say on Brexit".

On Thursday, President of the European Council Donald Tusk took to social media to reveal that he will be appealing to the EU27 members to remain open to the idea of offering the United Kingdom a long extension period, if they need time to rethink their Brexit strategy.

An amendment on Thursday that called for a delay so as to allow a second referendum was soundly defeated in Parliament, being voted down 334-85 - suggesting there isn't an appetite for a second referendum yet.

European Council President Donald Tusk left open the possibility of a longer delay, saying Thursday that ahead of a meeting of EU leaders next week, he would be appealing to member states to consider that option if Britain "finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy".

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said that Brexit should be completed before the European elections which take place between May 23 and 26.

"I fully expect the Labour Party to feel the heat and to get round to backing it next week".

Lawmakers also voted to rule out the idea of holding a second Brexit referendum - at least for now.

If lawmakers give leaving the European Union without an agreement a thumbs down, they have one choice left: seeking more time. May has warned members of Parliament that a long delay could mean no Brexit at all.