News | Published March 15 2019

MPs vote to extend Article 50

MPs voted by 412 to 202 for the UK to seek an extension to Article 50 last night.

The vote came after MPs rejected the possibility of leaving with no deal the day before.

MPs also rejected an amendment tabled by the Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston calling for a second referendum.

Although Theresa May's deal was rejected on Tuesday she is expected to present her deal to MPs once more before asking for an extension.

Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, said that the EU would "be open to a long extension" in order to give the UK time to "rethink its Brexit strategy".

For a delay to be agreed, it would need to be ratified by all 27 EU member states.

Cabinet Minister David Lidington also warned of a lengthy delay if MPs continued to vote down May's deal.

Lidington said that there was "real impatience" on the EU's side as a result of the deadlock.

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William Winter
March 15 2019

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