United Kingdom parliament votes on extension of Article 50


This time Parliament set out to decide on revoking Article 50 which prompts the government to request permission from the European Union to delay the quickly approaching Brexit deadline only 15 days away.

With MPs considering seeking to extend Article 50, the U.S. president said Brexit was likely to be delayed.

Cabinet Office minister David Lidington told MPs that in this case, the Government would stage two weeks of debate following the March 21-22 summit for the Commons to try to establish a majority around a different plan. "I don't think another vote would be possible because it would be very unfair to the people that won", Trump said.

However, many who support a second referendum abstained because they knew the vote would lose, and they believe they will get a better chance in the near future.

MPs also soundly rejected an amendment paving the way for second referendum - for now at least - by 334 votes to 85.

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But Mrs May left no doubt that she opposes a lengthy delay, telling MPs: "I do not think that would be the right outcome". The one to watch is from Benn, which calls for a delay and time for Parliament to find a Brexit consensus. Amongst leave voters, the split is even sharper, with 75 per cent wanting their lawmakers to vote against Prime Minister Theresa May returning to Brussels to ask to extend Article 50, the legal mechanism for leaving the EU.

The motion, put forward by the government, passed by 413 votes to 202.

May has made a deal with the European Union, but it has been overwhelmingly rejected twice in the House of Commons.

"But I think we also have to explore other options for Parliament to express a view about how we resolve this impasse". "I mean she's got to do what she's got to do", he said at the White House as he welcomed Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar for an early St. Patrick's Day celebration.