Published: Sat, March 16, 2019

Delaying Brexit for prolonged period 'disaster,' says DUP MP Robinson

Delaying Brexit for prolonged period 'disaster,' says DUP MP Robinson

But there are hopeful signs that it might be third time lucky for the Prime Minister when it comes to pushing her deal through parliament. Many Brexit supporters in her own party oppose the deal, saying it ties Britain too closely to the EU.

On Wednesday, the 13th of March 2019, the United Kingdom lawmakers had rejected a no-deal Brexit scenario, cementing the way to delay the Brexit and to find a way out of the nation's worst political gridlock in generations.

The main motion was backed by MPs from across the various political parties, however most Conservative MPs voted against the motion.

In the pouring rain in Sunderland, northeast England, which was the first place in Britain to declare a vote to leave the EU, Farage, wearing a flat cap and carrying an umbrella, said Brexit was now in danger of being scuttled by the establishment.

The European Commission said it would be down to the bloc "to consider such a request, giving priority to the need to ensure the functioning of the EU institutions and taking into account the reasons for and duration of a possible extension".

The UK Government would have to take further steps to stop that happening.

The Cheshire MP, who resigned as Work and Pensions Secretary over the deal four months ago, said Leaver MPs will "have to think a different way" when the Prime Minister's European Union divorce returns to the Commons next week.

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Mrs May has put forward two deals to Parliament, both of which have been rejected in an overwhelming majority.

Next week, the EU's leaders will meet at a summit to discuss the extension of Britain's membership after 29 March, as well as the terms and length of the delay.

This incredible state of affairs has come to pass despite the Prime Minister having repeatedly promised that Article 50 would not be extended and that Brexit would be delivered "on time" - in line with her now long-abandoned mantra that "no deal is better than a bad deal".

Speaking on a visit to Paris, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said "everyone would welcome" MPs approving the deal and Brexit being briefly pushed back to get the necessary legislation through. But Mrs May's party is still severely split, with more than half voting against the delay.

Because of the deep divisions in Tory ranks on the issue of extending Article 50, Mrs May granted a free vote to her MPs.

Only a longer delay request that puts "something new on the table: a referendum, an election, some other deal" would be likely to gain European Union approval, Macron's office said.

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