PM Theresa May faces challenge despite securing key Brexit changes

EU Refuses Brexit Negotiation With UK

EU Refuses Brexit Negotiation With UK

Four pro-EU Cabinet ministers - David Gauke, Amber Rudd, Greg Clark and David Mundell - all defied the premier's orders and abstained instead of voting against a rebel motion created to rule out a no-deal Brexit more firmly than her own proposal.

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has said he is disappointed that the British government has been "unable to ensure a majority for the withdrawal agreement" even after after multiple additional assurances from the EU.

"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.

Next steps will mean that another vote will take place on Thursday to discuss whether Brexit needs to be delayed in order to secure a new deal.

"The Prime Minister said the choice was between her deal and no-deal".

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said in a tweet that "The EU has done everything it can to help get the Withdrawal Agreement over the line".

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Britain's Parliament voted to avoid an economically disastrous no-deal split from the European Union, opening the door to delaying Brexit and radically re-writing the terms of the divorce.

"I think what we all want really is a genuine free trade agreement, not membership of a political club, and that is what that document did".

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

But Corbyn said that nothing of substance had changed, calling May's revised deal "a blindfold Brexit".

It comes after the Brexit withdrawal deal she negotiated with the European Union suffered its second crushing defeat in the Commons on Tuesday night.

Unless there are further changes to the withdrawal agreement - which the European Union says will not be made - likely options now include leaving with no deal or obtaining an extension for a "clear" reason such as another referendum or a general election.

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Hours before a vote on the deal in parliament, May had failed to win over the main Brexit faction in her own party, while Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up her minority government, said it would vote against her.

He told the European Parliament today: "We don't want to waste another four years of our life, four more years of agony, and you don't want to waste another four years".

"Extending Article 50 would be one way of avoiding the United Kingdom crashing out of the European Union without a deal but this would only be a sticking plaster unless the deep, underlying issues are resolved".

She had offered MPs a vote against a "no deal" option after they rejected her plan on Tuesday, but her proposal made clear this remained the default option.

Sterling rocketed to almost €1.18, up nearly two per cent, following two Commons votes to rule out a cliff-edge exit in any circumstances - in another defeat for Theresa May. While EU leaders indicated minimal interest in renegotiating the basic terms of the agreement, the changes May was able to extract from Brussels were put to a second vote on Tuesday, which Parliament also shot down. In the staunchly pro-Brexit port of Dover in southern England, retiree Mary Simpson said she felt that her voice as a "leave" voter had not been heard.

Responding to Mrs May's comments, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: "Tonight this house has once again definitely ruled out no-deal".

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