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U.K. Lawmakers Vote Down Theresa May’s Brexit Deal

Brexit Delayed The UK can still leave the EU with a “good deal”, Theresa May has insisted. Warning MPs they faced “hard choices” after rejecting her deal for a...

Brexit Delayed

The UK can still leave the EU with a “good deal”, Theresa May has insisted. Warning MPs they faced “hard choices” after rejecting her deal for a second time, she said she would vote later to rule out a no-deal exit on March 29.

Battling a sore throat at Prime Minister’s Questions, she said: “I may not have my own voice but I understand the voice of the country.” But Jeremy Corbyn said the PM’s plan had been “decisively rejected” and she needed to change course.

After the Commons rejected May’s Brexit deal by 149 votes on Tuesday, the EU has warned the risk of a “disorderly” Brexit has never been higher. Its chief negotiator Michel Barnier said the EU “cannot go any further” in trying to persuade MPs to back the agreed terms of exit and the UK had to break the impasse.

MPs will vote at 19.00 GMT on whether to block the UK from leaving the EU without an agreement later this month. Wednesday’s vote only applies to the March 29 deadline and would not rule out the prospect of a no-deal exit later this year, if Parliament is ultimately unable to agree on a way forward.

Ahead of the no-deal Commons vote, the government announced that most imports into the UK would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit. As the government considers its next move after May’s deal was defeated by 149 votes, Barnier said it was time for the UK to take “responsibility” for its actions.

“Again the House of Commons says what it doesn’t want,” he told the European Parliament, “Now this impasse can only be solved in the UK. The risk of no-deal has never been higher. That is the risk of an exit….in a disorderly fashion.”

The EU, he suggested, had gone “as far as it possibly can” to satisfy MPs’ concerns over the agreement, particularly in relation to the backstop, an insurance policy to stop a hard border on the island of Ireland. “If the UK still wants to leave the EU in an orderly manner, this treaty is, and will remain, the only treaty possible,” he said.

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