Theresa May seeks fourth Brexit vote, reports say

Jeannie Matthews
March 31, 2019

British MPs on Friday rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's European Union divorce deal for a third time, opening the way for a long delay to Brexit - or a chaotic "no deal" withdrawal in two weeks.

Getting another vote on a deal would be tricky, as parliament speaker John Bercow has already warned he will not let her bring the same deal back again and again. Should she follow through on her televised address following the second meaningful vote defeat and ask the electorate to instruct its MPs to back the Brext deal - a referendum between remaining in the European Union or leaving on the basis of the negotiated deal - or should she accept that her government simply can not command majority support in the Commons for the defining policy of her premiership and trigger the process for an early general election?

Retired charity worker Mandy Childs, one of a band of hard-core Brexit supporters who walked across England to London under the slogan "Leave Means Leave", said she felt "heartbroken".

Also possible is a further extension of the Article 50 legislation governing Brexit, forcing the United Kingdom to participate in May's European elections.

But others refused, including May's Northern Irish allies, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which says planned arrangements for the Irish border after Brexit are unacceptable.

Instead, the day was marked with MPs rejecting the latest withdrawal agreement.

Lewis backed May to continue as prime minister but said he was aware of a letter sent to her by Conservative lawmakers calling for her to resign. "I think the deal is the right way to do that".

Friday's developments only deepened the crisis of British imperialism, with any number of scenarios now unfolding.

European Council President Donald Tusk called an emergency meeting for April 10, two days before the current ultimate Brexit deadline.

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"Since it took two and three-quarter years for the Government to get what it had negotiated defeated three times, it's a little bit harsh on Parliament, when it started the process last Wednesday, for not having immediately solved the problem in 24 hours", Mr Benn said.

I've got to hand it to our British friends across the sea: at a point where America seemingly couldn't embarrass itself any more, the Brits made a decision to show everyone who the true crumbling empire is with a hilariously terrifying series of failed Brexit votes.

One of them went as far as to accuse the Prime Minister of being a "pathological liar".

The backstop and the Irish border issue has plagued the Brexit negotiations for the past year, while European Union member states are still in the dark about how the bloc would enforce rules to keep the single market intact in case of a no deal. "A "no-deal" scenario on 12 April is now a likely scenario".

The Prime Minister may now seek another, longer extension to Britain's exit from the European Union, but it isn't clear if May will be allowed to remain in power long enough to continue driving the process - not that a new general election would bring any near-term certainty to the Brexit fiasco.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said an alternative had to be found.

Exhausted of waiting, MPs this week gave themselves unprecedented powers to vote on a range of options for Britain's future relationship with the EU.

Corbyn raised this possibility knowing that most Labour MPs are resolutely opposed to him becoming prime minister.

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