Japan voices concern over further Brexit uncertainty after vote to delay

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Ms Rudd voted against Yvette Cooper's amendment ruling out no-deal Brexit at any time which passed by four votes. He added that "as long as this isn't clear, Brexit can only be delayed for a few weeks, exclusively to avoid a chaotic withdrawal March 29".

The Independent Group's Brexit spokeswoman Anna Soubry said: "This is a betrayal of Labour Party members and voters, Labour MPs, Labour's conference policy and, most importantly, the British public". According to the Washington Post, Corbyn's spokesman states that Prime Minister Theresa May is "recklessly running down the clock" forcing "MPs to choose between her botched deal and a disastrous no-deal".

Speaker of the House John Bercow was criticised by a number of Conservative Brexiter MPs for not selecting any of the amendments which would categorically rule out a second referendum; although, as he pointed out, any MPs strongly opposed to a second referendum could vote against Amendment H without difficulty.

For employers, the political ping pong ball of "deal versus no deal" has posed significant challenges managing their workforce and planning for the future.

The EU guidance echoes the briefing provided to MPs at Westminster before Thursday's vote, which said "if the United Kingdom were to seek an extension beyond 1 July, and hence remain a member state beyond that point, it would need to participate in the EP elections".

Employers are thus advised to remain alert to changes announced shortly, and to ensure that company managers of the global mobility function are kept apprised of upcoming cross-border assignments.

Theresa May leaving 10 Downing Street ahead of the vote at Parliament to extend Article 50.

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Theresa May faces another difficult night
PA Theresa May faces another difficult night

"The market has already shifted significantly to price out a no-deal Brexit", said BNP Paribas economists.

The original government vote tonight was meant to give MPs a chance to delay Brexit - with some reports that Article 50 could be extended for as long as two years.

The government said it would ask for a "technical" delay until 30 June to pass necessary legislation if MPs finally approve the deal next week.

"Without any clarity, no solution is possible", President Emmanuel Macron's office said, adding that if the current withdrawal deal is rejected, a "clear and new alternative plan" must be presented or else Britain will have to leave the European Union with no deal.

Britain's House of Commons on Thursday voted to seek a delay to the planned exit from the European Union from March 29 as scheduled to June 30.

The prime minister bluntly warned that Britain will be forced to take part in European parliamentary elections expected to place at the end of May if there is a longer extension to Brexit talks.

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