No-deal Brexit hangs in the balance

The House of Commons yesterday voted against the revised Brexit Deal by 391 votes to 242 votes after a second meaningful vote was taken by the House.

Last week, Prime Minister Theresa May said that if the deal was defeated, the House of Commons would be given the opportunity to vote on whether or not to pursue a no-deal Brexit on March 13, 2019 (today). Should this motion be defeated as well, another motion on a short, limited extension to Article 50 would then be brought forward on March 14, 2019.

Following the vote, a spokesman for European Council President Donald Tusk and Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker was quoted saying that EU leaders regretted the outcome of the vote and are disappointed that the UK government has been unable to ensure a majority for the  Withdrawal Agreement agreed by both parties in November.

There’s talk that the EU is prepared to consider an extension of the March 29 deadline for the UK’s departure. But the EU27 leaders, who will meet at a summit in Brussels next week for the March European Council, have yet to discuss a way forward.

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