Brexit vote latest: MPs vote to reject no deal 'under any circumstance'

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It went further than the government's own planned motion, which noted that parliament did not want to leave without a deal on March 29, the leaving date set down in law, but stressed that the default legal position was to leave without a deal unless one was ratified by parliament.

After two-and-a-half years of tortuous divorce negotiations with the European Union and two failed attempts to get her exit deal ratified by parliament, May said she would vote against a no-deal exit that investors fear would spook financial markets, dislocate supply chains and damage the world's fifth largest economy.

"If the House votes to leave without a deal on 29 March, it will be the policy of the Government to implement that decision", she said.

"We are at the very limits of what's bearable", Germany's Europe Minister Michael Roth told Deutschlandfunk radio regarding the Brexit debacle.

I do not think that would be the right outcome. Business leaders have repeatedly warned that crashing out without a deal would cause severe damage to the economy and put jobs at risk.

It also said it would not introduce new checks or controls on goods moving from the Irish Republic to Northern Ireland, a major concern among Irish politicians who feared a hard border could see a return of violence which blighted the British province for more than 30 years until a 1998 peace accord.

The Cabinet was meeting in Downing Street to take stock of last night's defeat ahead of Chancellor Philip Hammond's Spring Statement. May said there was no guarantee the European Union would agree to a delay.

Calling for a further referendum, Plaid Cymru's Liz Saville Roberts argued the PM "must now accept that Parliament has rejected her wildly unpopular deal, so it is time to turn with respect to the public". "No deal is better than a bad deal but I have been working for us to leave on 29 March and leave with a good deal".

She told MPs: "Let me be clear".

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The EU would prefer only a short extension, with the deadline of EU-wide parliamentary elections due May 24-26, although it is unclear that this would be long enough to solve the impasse in London.

"The EU will want to know what use we mean to make of such an extension".

"While an extension of article 50 is now inevitable, responsibility for that extension now relies exclusively and squarely at the Prime Minister's door".

Amendments over the next two days are likely to include proposals for a second European Union referendum, which the Prime Minister admitted was now an option. "Or does it want to leave with a deal but not this deal?"

"These are about the choices this House faces".

"The Prime Minister has run down the clock and the clock has been run out on her", Mr Corbyn said.

Without consensus on a deal in the coming days, there will need to be a longer extension which would force the United Kingdom to take part in elections to the European Parliament in May, she said.

The European Commission president had already said if MPs turned down the package agreed in Strasbourg on Monday there would be "no third chance" to renegotiate.

If no deal is agreed by March 20, "then it is highly likely the European Council at its meeting the following day would require a clear goal for any extension, not least to determine its length, and any extension beyond 30 June 2019 would require the United Kingdom to hold European Parliament elections in May 2019", Thursday's motion says.



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