European Union leaders urge clarity from Britain before Brexit delay

MPs are softening to Theresa May's Brexit plan with one MP saying it's the

MPs are softening to Theresa May's Brexit plan with one MP saying it's the"only game in town

MPs tonight voted against a second referendum on Brexit for the first time as Remain MPs prepare to seize control of the agenda to push Britain to a soft Brexit.

What happens now? May will seek another parliamentary vote next week.

EU Commissioner for the Republic of Ireland, Phil Hogan, who is also the European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, said that the United Kingdom plan was "a political stunt, pure and simple".

The past week's votes have exposed divisions in the UK's two largest parties. Much will depend upon the position of hard-line Brexiteers and the DUP, as they calculate whether it is better to fall in line behind the prime minister, or face a potentially lengthy Article 50 extension that might last until at least 2020 and risk Brexit being jeopardized by a second referendum.

Any suggestion from European Union powerhouse Germany that Brussels should abandon its "sequencing" and switch to a form of talks more agreeable to London is likely to be seized on by May's opponents in Britain as an indication a better deal is possible if they hold out.

The British government is holding talks with Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which has strongly opposed the Brexit divorce deal.




At the other end of the political spectrum, Nigel Farage, the politician who probably did more than anyone else to force Britain's referendum on membership of the European Union, joined protesters at the start of a 270-mile march over what they call a betrayal of the Brexit vote. But these are no ordinary times and it will be up to the speaker of the house to decide whether or not to allow such a vote to go ahead.

Tellers reveal the result of the second meaningful vote.

Mrs May is expected to step up her charm offensive to win over Tory and DUP MPs still resisting her deal in the coming days.

He told Germany's Funke newspaper "as long as this isn't clear, Brexit can only be delayed for a few weeks, exclusively to avoid a chaotic withdrawal" on March 29. MPs have already agreed to that to enable all the necessary legislation to be passed.

But European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt questioned why the leaders of the 27 should grant an extension if Mrs May was "not ready for a cross-party approach to break the current deadlock" in the Commons. You see, what gets done is down to MPs priorities and if they managed to reverse Brexit, it would show what can be achieved in a very short time when the political will is there. His Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell concurred: "if they're going to ask for an extension that goes beyond the date when the parliament is formed, they have the obligation to take part in European elections", Borrell said.

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