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Brexit: ‘No-deal’ option rejected; delay vote coming

Neil Hodge | March 13, 2019

With just over two weeks to go before the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union, the Brexit waters are still as murky as ever.

A day after voting down Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal for the second time, the U.K. Parliament voted Wednesday to reject leaving the European Union without a deal by a 321-278 margin. The vote is non-binding, however, meaning that a “no-deal” scenario is still a possibility, though the pressure is on May to ensure the United Kingdom does not crash out of the European Union without a deal.

Parliament will vote Thursday on whether the United Kingdom should request an extension to Article 50 (the mechanism that provides a two-year countdown to leave the European Union once triggered) to delay Brexit past the 29 March deadline.

How long any extension lasts depends on a number of factors, namely: what sort of alternative deal the government puts before Parliament; how quickly MPs get to vote on it; and...

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