May Day: UK Parliament rejects prime minister's Brexit deal

The British Parliament voted overwhelmingly today to seek a delay to Brexit from the European Union

The British Parliament voted overwhelmingly today to seek a delay to Brexit from the European Union

May could overturn such a heavy defeat.

Earlier, MPs rejected both the deal negotiated with the European Union by Prime Minister Theresa May's cabinet, and the option to leave the European Union with no deal at all, which the government asked to leave on the table to keep pressure on Brussels.

Mr Trump's comments come as MPs prepare to vote on a second Brexit referendum this evening - the first time they have been given an official opportunity to have their say on the issue.

Arriving in Bucharest, most EU European affairs ministers were upbeat about the deal which will be voted upon by the United Kingdom parliament Tuesday night.

Deal or no deal?

MPs voted against May's amended Brexit deal by 391 to 242 as her last-minute talks with European Union chiefs on Monday to assuage her critics' concerns ultimately proved fruitless.

Mr Barnier earlier said: 'What we need to move ahead is not a negative vote against no-deal.

Mrs May and her ministers repeatedly warned before Tuesday's vote that defeat could lead to opponents of Brexit taking control of the process and pushing for a second referendum.

"Discussions are ongoing between ourselves and the EU", May's spokesman told reporters, insisting that Tuesday's vote would take place as planned.

"Let's be crystal clear about the choice: it is this deal or Brexit might not happen at all", he said. But as parliament prepares to reassess the deal, the prime minister has little to show for her efforts, prompting warnings of another humiliating loss.

"The government has been defeated again by an enormous majority", opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said.

Pro-Brexit protesters hold up signs in London, Britain March 14, 2019.

British PM May fails to win over her party ahead of Brexit vote

Mr Coveney said a long extension would give the United Kingdom a "long reflection period" about the kind of Brexit they want and could facilitate a fundamental rethink.

"No deal must be taken off the table". They'd say 'What do you mean, you're going to take another vote?' So that would be tough.

The vote puts the world's fifth largest economy in uncharted territory with no obvious way forward; exiting the European Union without a deal, delaying the March 29 divorce date, a snap election or even another referendum are all now possible.

The defeat came after May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced changes Monday created to overcome lawmakers' concerns about provisions created to ensure the border between EU member Ireland and Britain's Northern Ireland remains open after Brexit.

More than half of Tory MPs - including seven Cabinet ministers, at least 33 other ministers and whips, and five party vice-chairs - voted against Theresa May's motion to put back the date when Britain leaves the EU.

UK AG G.Cox said the legal risk of Brexit deal is intact.

Mr Johnson described it as "being trapped in the prison of the backstop".

"It's finally time for Theresa May to admit her deal is past the point of no return", said Lee Hardman, currency analyst at global bank MUFG based in London.

The pound fell sharply from recent highs plunging more than one per cent on the day against the euro.

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said Mr Cox had confirmed that "no significant changes" had been secured in two months of negotiations and the Government's strategy was "in tatters".

And senior Conservative Leaver John Whittingdale told the Commons Brexit Committee that the Attorney General's advice was "pretty terminal" for Mrs May's plan.

"We are in a very hard position", he said.

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