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British MPs vote by a majority of 211 to seek delay to EU departure

MEMBERS of the British Parliament have voted by 413 to 202 - a majority of 211 - for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit

British MPs vote by a majority of 211 to seek delay to EU departure

MEMBERS of the British Parliament have voted by 413 to 202 - a majority of 211 - for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit

15 March 2019 - 19:00

MEMBERS of the British Parliament have voted by 413 to 202 - a majority of 211 - for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit.

It means the UK may not now leave on March 29 as previously planned, according to BBC.



Mrs May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, to June 30, if MPs back her deal in a vote next week. If they reject her deal again then she says she will seek a longer extension - but any delay has to be agreed by the 27 other EU member states.



Most Conservative MPs voted against delaying Brexit - including seven cabinet members - meaning Mrs May had to rely on Labour and other opposition votes to get it through.



But some Labour frontbenchers resigned to defy party orders to abstain on a vote on holding another referendum.



Theresa May, who has long insisted that the UK will leave the EU on March 29 with or without a withdrawal deal, voted to delay Brexit.



She had been forced to offer MPs a vote on delaying Brexit after they rejected her withdrawal agreement by a large margin, for a second time, and then voted to reject a no-deal Brexit.



She has warned that extending the departure date beyond three months could harm trust in democracy - and mean that the UK would have to take part in May's European Parliament elections.


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