All four Brexit proposals rejected by MPs

All four Brexit proposals rejected by MPs

Britain was no nearer to resolving the chaos surrounding its departure from the European Union after parliament failed to find a majority on alternative options.

After a tumultuous week in which May's divorce strategy was rejected by lawmakers for a third time, despite her offer to quit if it passed, the future direction of Brexitremains mired in confusion.

In a bid to break the impasse, lawmakers on Monday voted on four last-minute alternative Brexit options for what is the United Kingdom's most far-reaching policy change since World War Two. All were defeated.

The option that came closest to getting a majority was a proposal to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU, which was defeated by three votes.

A proposal for a confirmatory referendum on any deal got the most votes, but was defeated by 292-280.

Brexit minister Steven Barclay said after the results were announced that the default position was still that Britain would leave the EU on April 12 without a deal, the nightmare scenario for many international businesses.

"The only option is to find a way through which allows the UK to leave with a deal," Barclay told parliament.

He hinted that May could put her deal to a fourth vote this week in the hope of securing an orderly exit before European elections are held from May 23 onwards.

"If the house were to agree a deal this week, it would still be possible to avoid holding European parliamentary elections," Barclay said.

Published: by Radio NewsHub
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