British parliament backs Brexit delay


London (AFP) – British MPs have voted to ask the European Union to delay Brexit, with simply two weeks to go till the UK is scheduled to go away the bloc.

The UK is barrelling in the direction of the March 29 Brexit deadline with no accepted EU withdrawal settlement and a primary minister who seems to have misplaced management over her bickering cupboard.

On Thursday, MPs voted to ask EU leaders to easily push Brexit again in a bid to go off a chaotic finish to their 46-year partnership.

The vote additionally allowed for Could’s twice-rejected deal to return to parliament once more subsequent week.

However a bumpy “no deal” exit on March 29 will nonetheless occur if Could’s technique is voted down once more and the EU 27 fail to approve an extension.

EU leaders have mentioned they’d think about any request from London.

However additionally they need to understand how lengthy the extension could be — and what it could be used for — earlier than they meet in Brussels subsequent week.

Approval would then see her ask for the delay till June 30 in order that the treaty could be ratified.

However she has warned that if her deal is rejected, it might see Brexit postponed for for much longer.

An even bigger delay would additionally see Britain participate in European Parliament elections in Could — bizarrely re-immersing the nation in EU politics after Brexit was initially meant to have gone into impact.

– Brexit rethink? –

EU Council chief Donald Tusk mentioned Thursday that the bloc might approve an extended postponement “if the UK finds it essential to rethink its Brexit technique and construct consensus round it”.

He mirrored Brussels’ long-standing place {that a} nearer relationship is feasible if Could abandons her opposition to staying within the EU customs union.

Could’s deal has been blocked mainly by disagreement over the so-called Irish “backstop” — a measure to maintain commerce flowing and keep away from friction on the border between Northern Eire and the Republic of Eire.

A way of chaos has crammed the Home of Commons this week as lawmakers held a collection of votes on concepts about what they may do subsequent.

MPs have twice rejected the deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa Could’s with the opposite 27 EU nations — in January and on Tuesday.

They voted on Wednesday to not go away with out an settlement however nonetheless lacked a transparent roadmap on the best way ahead three years after Brexit was launched in a bitterly divisive referendum in June 2016.

Lawmakers additionally rejected a name to make use of that point to carry a second Brexit referendum — a blow to the hopes of a lot of Britons who nonetheless dream of conserving their European identities.

Anxious companies are pleading for motion and US President Donald Trump waded in to pronounce himself “shocked to see how badly it has all gone”.

“Parliament’s rejection of no deal and need for an extension reveals there’s nonetheless some widespread sense in Westminster,” the influential CBI enterprise foyer tweeted after the vote.

“However with no radically new strategy, enterprise fears that is merely a keep of execution.”

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