By Elizabeth Piper, Kylie MacLellan and Andrew MacAskill | Reuters

LONDON – British lawmakers voted on Monday to wrest management of Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa Might for a day in a bid to discover a manner by means of the European Union divorce deadlock {that a} majority in parliament may help.

Lawmakers ought to now vote on a variety of Brexit choices on Wednesday, giving parliament an opportunity to point whether or not it will probably agree on a take care of nearer ties to Brussels, after which attempt to push the federal government in that route.

The transfer underlined to what extent Might has misplaced her authority, though she stated the federal government wouldn’t be sure by the outcomes of the so-called indicative votes on Wednesday.

Monday’s vote was put ahead by Oliver Letwin, a lawmaker in Might’s Conservative Social gathering, and got here after the prime minister admitted that the deal she had agreed with the EU after two years of talks nonetheless didn’t have sufficient help to move.

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Lawmakers backed Letwin’s proposal by 329 votes to 302, and have been virtually sure to substantiate their choice within the ultimate vote of the night on the general “movement as amended.”

Earlier, Might stated the proposal would set an unwelcome precedent and will result in help for an consequence to which the EU itself wouldn’t agree.

“No authorities may give a clean test to decide to an consequence with out realizing what it’s,” Might stated earlier than the vote. “So I can not commit the federal government to delivering the end result of any votes held by this home.”

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Final week, the EU agreed to delay Britain’s unique March 29 departure date due to the impasse. Now, it’ll depart the EU on Might 22 if Might’s deal is accepted by parliament this week. If not, it’ll have till April 12 to stipulate its plans. Monday’s vote was an try to discover a approach to give you such a plan

European Council President Donald Tusk stated final week that every one Brexit choices have been nonetheless open for Britain till April 12, together with a deal, a departure with no deal, a protracted extension – and even revoking Article 50 and remaining within the EU.

However practically three years after the 2016 EU membership referendum and 4 days earlier than Britain was supposed to depart the bloc, it was nonetheless unclear how, when or if Brexit would happen, with parliament and the nation nonetheless bitterly divided.

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Might’s deal was defeated in parliament by 149 votes on March 12 and by 230 votes on Jan. 15, however she had signaled that she would deliver it again a 3rd time this week.

To get her deal handed, Might should win over a minimum of 75 MPs who voted in opposition to her on March 12 – dozens of rebels in her Conservative Social gathering, some opposition Labour Social gathering MPs and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Social gathering (DUP), which props up her minority authorities however has voted in opposition to the deal thus far.

“Why would the prime minister ever count on us to provide help to an settlement which is predicated on a lie?” DUP Brexit spokesman Sammy Wilson advised BBC tv.


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