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UK parliament rejects move to delay Brexit

By Charlie Cooper, Politico 1/29/2019
LONDON — MPs opted not to back an attempt by backbenchers to remove the threat of a no-deal Brexit on March 29 in a key vote in the U.K.’s House of Commons. A proposal put down by Labour MP Yvette Cooper that aims to force the government to delay Brexit day was backed by 298 MPs with 321 voting against — a deficit of 23.

The amendment, which was opposed by the government, would have carved out parliamentary time for legislation requiring the government to ask for an extension to Article 50 if no Brexit deal is approved by MPs by February 26. All EU27 leaders would have had to agree unanimously to such an extension.

To do that, the amendment had sought to suspend one of the rules governing House of Commons procedure which gives precedence to government business on the Commons timetable.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Theresa May attacked the proposal as “deeply misguided” because it would “usurp the proper role of the executive.”

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