LONDON (Reuters) – MPs are voting on Thursday on a government proposal setting out what Prime Minister Theresa May says are the options on how long to delay Brexit.
Tellers announce the results of the vote on extending Brexit negotiating period in Parliament in London, Britain, March 14, 2019, in this screen grab taken from video. Reuters TV via REUTERS
Below are the results:
GOVERNMENT MOTION – PASSED 412 to 202
1) Notes parliament has rejected May’s deal and a no-deal scenario, and agrees the government will seek an extension to the Brexit negotiating period, which currently ends on March 29.
2) Parliament agrees that if MPs approve a divorce deal by March 20, the government will seek to agree “a one-off extension” until June 30 to pass legislation needed to smooth Britain’s departure from the EU.
3) Parliament notes if it has not approved a divorce deal by March 20, then it is “highly likely that the European Council at its meeting the following day would require a clear purpose for any extension, not least to determine its length, and that any extension beyond 30 June 2019 would require the United Kingdom to hold European Parliament elections in May 2019”.
AMENDMENT H: SECOND REFERENDUM – REJECTED 334 to 85
Led by Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston, this amendment would have instructed the government to request a delay to Brexit to allow time to hold a second referendum.
AMENDMENT TO AMENDMENT I – REJECTED 314 to 311
A technical change to add a time limit to Amendment I which seeks to pave the way for indicative votes in parliament on Brexit options.
AMENDMENT I: FIND ANOTHER WAY – REJECTED 314 to 312
Led by MP Hilary Benn, a cross-party group put forward a proposal which would have taken control of the parliamentary agenda on March 20 with the aim of forcing a discussion of Brexit options at a later date.
This would have aimed at trying to find a majority for an alternative Brexit path that would break the parliamentary deadlock.
AMENDMENT E: DIFFERENT APPROACH – REJECTED 318 to 302
Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party submitted an amendment calling for May to use a Brexit delay to give parliament time “to find a majority for a different approach”.
AMENDMENT J: NO MORE BREXIT VOTES – WITHDRAWN
This amendment, submitted by Labour lawmaker Chris Bryant, sought to prohibit the government from asking parliament to vote on May’s exit deal for a third time, citing parliamentary convention that the same question should not be asked of MPs more than once.
Reporting by William James and Andrew MacAskill; editing by Guy Faulconbridge
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