British MPs to hold seond "indicative vote" on Brexit

MPs had three times rejected the divorce deal struck between Prime Minister Theresa May's government and the European Union.

MPs are set to stage another series of "indicative" votes today on alternatives to Theresa May's Brexit deal.

Both options would require a long Brexit delay along with Britain's participation in the European Parliament elections, and would split her party.

"We need to stick to this task that we have in relation to the European Union", he said.

Discount airline easyJet warned Monday that the U.K.'s pending withdrawal from the European Union is causing travellers to hold back on booking tickets amid doubts over what Britain's future relations with the bloc will be.

A Norway-style deal inside the single market, tabled by Conservatives Nick Boles, Robert Halfon and Dame Caroline Spelman and Labour's Stephen Kinnock, Lucy Powell plus the SNP's Stewart Hosie, is also expected to be chosen.

A no-deal Brexit would see the United Kingdom trade on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules that could lead to extra checks and taxes on some goods. The fourth would let Britain cancel Brexit if it came within two days of crashing out of the bloc without a deal. In last week's votes this option was just six votes short of a majority.

May has ruled out all the ideas under consideration.

Defense Minister Tobias Ellwood urged fellow Conservative lawmakers to compromise to ensure an orderly Brexit.

Second referendum: This would put any deal to a public vote.

Other options on the table include leaving the European Union without a deal on April 12, the new Brexit deadline set by the European Union, and a confirmatory referendum on May's divorce bill.

The prime minister is considering her next move after her withdrawal plan was defeated by MPs for a third time.

The government is considering holding a runoff vote between May's deal and whatever gains the most support on Monday. For the PM, like many, the veiled threat of an election may be the only option to break the Brexit deadlock.

Attorney General Geoffrey Cox speaks in the House of Commons ahead of the Brexit debate
Attorney General Geoffrey Cox speaks in the House of Commons ahead of the Brexit debate

Slack rejected speculation that the government could take drastic action, such as asking Queen Elizabeth II to suspend Parliament or getting her to refuse to sign legislation.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show yesterday he said: "In the environment where we have left without a deal where we will have imposed direct rule, which we would need to do and where we were heading towards a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, I think that puts it in some doubt - the future of Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom".

If May chooses to ignore any alternative deal voted by Parliament, she risks a constitutional crisis and, potentially, a general election. But the Conservatives are anxious that could hand power to the opposition Labour Party.

Brexit secretary Steve Barclay said the Commons had failed to reach a majority, and cabinet would now consider the way forward on Tuesday.

The range of choices, and lack of consensus, reflect a Parliament and a government deeply divided over how - and whether - to leave the EU.

"It is not the responsible thing for the government to do to leave without a deal", he told BBC TV, adding that he would have to quit the Cabinet if that became government policy.

And Treasury minister Liz Truss told the BBC: "It's not clear to me that going softer is the way to command support..."

The EU said in a statement last week it had completed its no-deal preparations.

The Brexit impasse has alarmed businesses, who say the uncertainty has deterred investment and undermined economic growth.

He said: "I think it would be in the national interest to have a cross-party government so we can take decisions without the chaos that we're seeing in Parliament at the moment where every possible alternative is rejected".

Britain has until April 12 to decide whether it will seek a longer extension of Article 50 from Brussels.

"So far we know what the British parliament says no to, but we don't know what it might say yes to".



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