UK MPs have voted to delay Brexit for at least three months. The decision comes after the House of Commons rejected the deal tabled by Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, again this week.
The Parliament decisively voted for a delay by 412 votes to 202.
PM May will now go to the Europen Union request for an extension to the Brexit deadline.
The British Prime Minister is scheduled to hold another ‘meaningful vote’ on her Withdrawal Agreement early next week.
If the deal is voted through by the 20th of March, she will ask a one-off extension from the European Union until the 30th of June to allow time for the necessary legislation to be passed.
However, if her deal will be voted down again, a longer extension involving the participation of the United Kingdom in elections of the European Union could happen.
Tonight, the MPs also voted to turn down a second Brexit referendum by a margin of 334 votes to 85 after the Labour Party backed out of supporting a so-called ‘People’s Vote.’
PM May also narrowly dodged a move to seize control of the Brexit process, as the MPs repudiated an attempt to force a series of votes to comep up with an alternative approach to Brexit by a wafer-thin margin of only two votes.
Before the votes were made tonight in the Commons, the European Union made it clear that it will require a ‘clear purpose’ before granting an extension to Brexit.
Officials of the European Union confirmed that they areconsidering a a lengthy delay to Brexit of a maximum of 21 months.
This raises the spectre of a vote next week where the MPs will essentially be choosing between the deal of the Prime Minister and pushing Brexit back until 2021.
The vote caps off hectic week in the House of Commons that saw MPs turn down the Brexit deal of Theresa May by 149 votes.
The Parliament also expressed strong opposition to a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances during a night of intense drama that saw four ministers rebel against the instructions of their own Government.
Earlier today, Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, launched a shock intervention into Brexit, criticising Theresa May for not following his negotiating advice.
He stated: “I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation. I gave the Prime Minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and I think you would have been successful.”
He added: “She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine – she’s got to do what she’s got to do.”
He continued: “I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly. I hate to see everything being ripped apart now.”