MPs vote to request Article 50 extension and delay Brexit

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 14, 2019

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Lidington told MPs: "If that proves, for whatever reason, not to be possible, we would be faced with the prospect of choosing only a long extension during which the house would need to face up to the choices in front of it, and the consequences of the decisions that it has taken: that the government recognises that the house will require time to consider the potential ways forward in such a scenario".

Another by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to delay Brexit and find a different approach was rejected by 318 votes to 302 - a majority of 16.

Tabled by Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston and backed by members of the new grouping, Liberal Democrats and a handful from other parties, this amendment seeks an Article 50 extension to stage a second referendum with Remain and Parliament's preferred Brexit option on the ballot paper.

Shadow ministers Yvonne Fovargue, Emma Lewell-Buck and Justin Madders defied the Labour whip to vote against a public vote, as did whip Stephanie Peacock.

MPs are being asked to vote on a motion tabled by Theresa May which would authorise the Prime Minister to seek an extension of the two-year Article 50 negotiations, delaying Brexit beyond March 29.

It comes after the party tabled an amendment to the motion on Article 50 that makes no mention of a new vote. If passed, this would have given some control of the parliamentary timetable to MPs and allowed them to vote on a range of Brexit solutions.

"I can confirm today that in such a scenario the government, having consulted the usual channels at that time, would facilitate a process in the two weeks after the March European council to allow the house to seek a majority on the way forward".

MPs also defeated an amendment by Hilary Benn to wrest power from Theresa May and give the Commons a greater say over what kind of Brexit deal should be negotiated.

Even the official campaign group for a People's Vote did not support the move. 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.

An extension is not guaranteed automatically, as any such move needs the unanimous approval of all 27 European Union states.

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