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May delays Brexit vote to March 12

Neil Hodge | February 25, 2019

Prime Minister Theresa May has pushed back Parliament’s chance to vote on the United Kingdom’s Brexit deal until 12 March—just 17 days before the country is supposed to leave the European Union. 

Speaking as she travelled to an EU-Arab League summit in Egypt, May ruled out holding another so-called “meaningful vote” on Wednesday, 27 February as originally planned, because she has another meeting with EU officials and the Commission president, Jean-Claude Juncker, the day before.

Despite the change, May insists that leaving on 29 March is still “within our grasp” and that discussions with the European Union remain “positive.”

May lost her first “meaningful vote” last month after delaying it from December. It resulted in the biggest Commons defeat for a government since 1924. While she survived a subsequent vote of no confidence by MPs, she was forced to tell her party that she would not stand as leader in the next general election (currently scheduled for 2022...

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