German foreign minister: Brexit vote 'reckless'

German foreign minister: Brexit vote 'reckless'

By 321 to 278, Parliament adopted a motion that ruled out a potentially chaotic "no-deal" Brexit under any circumstances.

"If it (parliament) is not willing to support a deal in the coming days, and as it is not willing to support leaving without a deal on 29 March, then it is suggesting that there will need to be a much longer extension", May said.

Brexit skeptics fear a "no-deal" scenario would instantly leave Britain without a whole host of necessary systems to trade and deal with Europe, resulting in food and medicine shortages, airport chaos, immigration crises, and any other number of headaches.

Anti-Brexit campaigners protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on March 12, 2019, ahead of the second meaningful vote on the government's Brexit deal.

The former Tory chairman told the Commons that Mrs May's motion offered a greater opportunity than hers for obtaining a "really large majority" against a no-deal Brexit.

Another massive Brexit defeat for the Prime Minister leads the lion's share of Wednesday's papers.

The EU has done everything it can to help get the withdrawal agreement over the line in British parliament, Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, tweeted Tuesday afternoon.

But the prospects of getting her deal through were effectively crushed on Tuesday morning when Attorney General Geoffrey Cox failed to convince critics that Mrs May had secured enough changes to the plan that was crushed by 230 votes in January.

But a spokeswoman for the European Commission said: "There are only two ways to leave the EU: with or without a deal".

Farage - a staunch Brexit supporter - expressed his opposition to the deal, saying it would not support the UK's best interests.

May said MPs have a "free vote," meaning MPs can vote with their conscience rather than with the party, according to the BBC.

Thereafter, it says, "in a spirit of co-operation and in order to begin discussions on the Future Relationship, the Government should offer a further set of mutual standstill agreements with the European Union and Member States for an agreed period ending no later than 30th December 2021".

May said her preference was for a short delay, which would mean the government trying to pass the deal she negotiated by the middle of next week.

If the Commons has not passed a deal by next Wednesday (March 20) it is "highly likely" that the European Council would require a "clear purpose" for any extension, the motion adds.

The legal default in European Union and United Kingdom law is that the United Kingdom will leave without a deal unless something else is agreed. May said there was no guarantee the European Union would agree to a delay.

Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which props up May's government, said her Brexit deal was "dead" and should not be put to parliament for a third time.

The late-night developments prompted a series of reactions as MPs and ministers prepared to debate on May's improved package to be introduced in the House of Commons on Tuesday, with voting scheduled in the evening. It would also mean a referendum would be held at that point, based on a choice between the deal arranged at that point, and remaining in the EU.

Elsewhere, Prime Minister of Spain Pedro Sanchez tweeted: "We regret the decision of the British Parliament despite the EU's effort to achieve the best agreement".

However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May's Brexit vision had been "decisively rejected" and that it was now time for the prime minister to change course.

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