What will be decided in United Kingdom parliament's latest Brexit votes?


Richard Tice, co-founder of the Leave.EU campaign which was the larger of the two major Brexiteer groups during the EU referendum and now co-chairman of the Leave Means Leave campaign alongside Farage, said MPs were right to have voted down "the worst deal in history" but warned that they must not take No Deal off the table.

Thoughts will now turn to an extension beyond the European Union summit next week, followed by a third meaningful vote on May's Brexit plan.

The chief E.U. Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, questioned on Wednesday why there should be any further discussion with Britain or an extension of the departure date, saying that almost three years of discussions had reached their end.

His fellow cabinet member, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, said that by rejecting an orderly exit from the EU British politicians were playing "with the welfare of their citizens and the economy in a reckless way".

"With only 17 days left to 29th March, today's vote has significantly increased the likelihood of a "no-deal" Brexit ..."

The government wanted to deliver leaving the European Union with a good deal, she said.

After her defeat, May warned lawmakers on Tuesday: "Voting against leaving without a deal and for an extension does not solve the problems we face".

"She is acting in the national interest, and what is clear, is that people want us to get on with this". Does it wish to revoke (Brexit-triggering) Article 50? He said he favors a second referendum. When looking from a technical perspective, the path with the least resistance is towards downside as odds of no-deal Brexit scenario is high at the moment.

"These are unenviable choices that, thanks to the decision that the House has made this evening, must now be faced".

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit negotiator, said the United Kingdom has "spiralled out of control". "Parliament can say, repeatedly, that they don't want no deal, but the legal reality is that no deal will happen unless they vote for something else to happen", the professor said.

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Michel Barnier, the chief negotiator overseeing Brexit, reiterated the point. "It's very important to our area to have an agreed Brexit process, and big local employers are contacting me saying "we must have a deal".

But EU member states, which have to back an extension unanimously, will only do so for a reason - and the present vacuum doesn't seem to offer them one.

"The Withdrawal Agreement would be unrevised, but the Political Declaration would be overhauled to bring Labour MPs on side".

But Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, who provides the government with independent legal advice, said the risk in the most contentious points of the 585-page withdrawal deal agreed with the European Union "remains unchanged".

The defeat came after May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced changes Monday created to overcome lawmakers' concerns about provisions created to ensure the border between EU member Ireland and Britain's Northern Ireland remains open after Brexit.

She hopes the changes will overcome concerns about the backstop, which is a mechanism to keep an open border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. In November Cox conceded the backstop could "endure indefinitely" but believed it a calculated risk and that it was in noone's interest to allow that to happen.

It will be interesting to see if this can attract Labour votes as well as Conservatives and DUP MPs - because if it can't, it won't be able to carry the Commons. The current European Parliament meets for the last time in April, and a new Parliament will not be in place until July. A new approach is needed by all parties. "These are the options", she said. "It should be as short as realistically possible and backed by a clear plan".

"Enough is enough.it's time to stop this circus", Carolyn Fairbairn, the head of the Confederation of British Industry, added.

Frantic lobbying remains underway in the British capital as the clock ticks closer to the vote. It would end frictionless trade, add billions to the cost of manufacturing and cost jobs.