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MPs’ Brexit motions defeated for 2nd time

Neil Hodge | April 2, 2019

The United Kingdom is still no closer to deciding what kind of Brexit deal it wants after Members of Parliament (MPs) failed to agree to a majority verdict on any of the four options they put on the table.

The news has caused dismay in Europe. Guy Verhofstadt, Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament, said that the Commons’ votes against all the available options makes a hard Brexit “nearly inevitable.”

The lack of consensus at Westminster has made a no-deal Brexit “more likely,” according to Michel Barnier, the European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator, though such a prospect can still be avoided if MPs and the British government can either agree on a route forward this week or if EU member states agree to another extension.

Barnier added, howeer, that a long extension to the United Kingdom’s current 12 April exit date carries “significant risks for the EU” and that a “strong justification would be needed” before the other 27 EU member states would agree...

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