MPs reject “no-deal;” May hints at third Brexit vote

Mar 14, 2019, 4:06 AM EDT
(Source: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/flickr)
(Source: Tiocfaidh ár lá 1916/flickr)

British lawmakers are set to vote on whether Brexit should be delayed beyond the scheduled departure date of March 29, within hours of rejecting a “no-deal” Brexit under any circumstances.

The House of Commons witnessed unprecedented scenes on Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May’s cabinet fragmented into three factions to hand two more humiliating defeats to their own government, writes The Guardian.

Amid high drama, the MPs outwitted May by voting for an amendment to her original motion, which stated that the U.K. should not leave the EU without a deal on March 29. The amended motion went a step further to the government’s position, as it sought to rule out “no-deal” Brexit at all — a move designed to prevent May from controlling the Brexit process, notes the BBC.

In a final push to coax rebellious Tory Brexiters to switch sides, May warned that a failure to agree on a deal could result into a “much longer extension,” which analysts believe is a signal of a third meaningful Brexit vote on the cards.