Second meaningful vote defeated by 149 votes

Brexit in peril?

Brexit in peril?

"Let's hope Parliament gets this revised deal over the line".

May had announced changes on Monday created to overcome lawmakers' concerns about provisions created to ensure the border on the island of Ireland remains open after Brexit.

Prime Minister Theresa May suffered a second, heavy parliamentary defeat on the withdrawal deal she struck with the European Union on Tuesday, leaving open the possibility of an abrupt, economically damaging Brexit without a transition arrangement.

The House of Commons is due to vote Tuesday on whether to approve a deal that it resoundingly rejected in January.

But a majority of business and farming groups in Northern Ireland, as well as other political parties, had supported the backstop and the government's deal.

The UK is set to leave the European Union on 29 March 2019 after voting to leave in 2016.

"I really think if there is going to be an extension it has to be with a objective, that extension".

"What most people across the United Kingdom, as well as British and global business, do want though is an end to the paralysing gridlock and uncertainty".

But she says that delay should be as short as is "realistically possible". Before the vote, May said that the deal was pivotal to Great Britain's future.

Their group of lawyers will meet to analyse whether they think Britain can exit the backstop or not.

But they said these were the only steps that could be taken to deliver on the government's commitment to avoiding a hard border in the case of no deal.

"While the UFU accepts the importance of ensuring food prices remain stable for consumers in a no deal situation, it says sacrificing the farming industry and increasing reliance on imports is not the way to do it".

"What we are hearing is the biggest change in terms of trade this country has faced since the mid-19th century being imposed on this country with no consultation with business, no time to prepare".

Tariffs would not be the only issue, he added, as goods would be subject to checks as a result of the United Kingdom leaving the EU's single market.

Senior British government ministers have warned rebellious lawmakers that if May's deal is voted down then there is a chance that Brexit could be thwarted.

Sterling, which has see-sawed on Brexit news, jumped 0.8 percent to $1.3250 in Asian trade and rallied to the strongest against the euro since mid-2017. The fall means the pound has given up all the gains in made after May claimed she had secured "legally binding" changes to the withdrawal agreement. It is irritated, too, that Britain is seeking changes to an agreement that May herself helped negotiate.

All eyes are now on the UK's Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, who will give his legal advice on the backstop.

May's deal was rejected January 15 by a majority of 230 votes in the parliament, giving the prime minister the worst defeat for a sitting government for decades.

The Daily Mail said that, "to her enormous credit", Theresa May appears to have secured "the guarantees she needed on the Northern Ireland backstop".

Mrs May's deal was struck during more than a year of tough negotiations, and covers Britain's financial settlement, expatriate rights, the Irish border and plans for a transition period.

"Today, we have agreed to them".

Prime Minister Theresa May won legally binding Brexit assurances from the European Union on Monday in a last-ditch attempt to sway rebellious British lawmakers who have threatened to vote down her divorce deal again.

"Finally, the House of Commons is going to have to make a final judgment on what it wants in terms of Brexit", he said. It is also far from clear whether May will survive this blow to her flagship policy, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling for a general election immediately after the vote.

May has also spoken to European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker amid speculation the British leader might dash to meet Juncker and other EU leaders in France.

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