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May gives MPs vote to delay Brexit

Jaclyn Jaeger | February 26, 2019

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has offered Members of Parliament the chance to vote on delaying Brexit if her deal is voted down next month.

In a statement Tuesday before the House of Commons, May announced that a “meaningful vote” will be held by 12 March. If the government has not won a meaningful vote by 12 March, she said, then it would put forward a motion for the following day, asking MPs if they support leaving the EU without a deal on 29 March. “The United Kingdom will only leave without a deal on 29 March if there is explicit consent in this House for that outcome,” she said.

If MPs reject a no-deal Brexit, May said she will give them a vote on 14 March on whether Parliament wants to “seek a short, limited extension to Article 50,” which could then be negotiated with the EU. If MPs vote for an extension, the government would bring forward the necessary...

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