British lawmakers have made a significant move to wrestle control of the Brexit process from PM May’s government, by tabling a proposal to hold a series of indicative votes on an alternative approach to the UK’s exit from the EU.
A cross-party amendment has been tabled by Labour backbenchers Hilary Benn and Yvette Cooper as well as Tory MPs Dominic Grieve and Oliver Letwin. It aims to take Brexit out of Theresa May’s control on Wednesday, if she fails to secure backing for her deal for a third time.
The proposal seeks “to enable the House of Commons to find a way forward that can command majority support.” If passed, votes on a selection of different Brexit scenarios would begin the week commencing March 25.
The amendment I have just tabled for today’s debate. It aims help Parliament find a way forward as the UK seeks an extension to Article 50. pic.twitter.com/W9R6ZWznDd
— Hilary Benn (@hilarybennmp) March 14, 2019
It comes ahead of a crucial vote on Thursday evening, as MPs have to decide whether to back a short extension to Article 50, to delay Brexit past the official deadline – March 29.
It represents day three of a series of Brexit votes that has seen May’s deal inflicted with the fourth biggest defeat in parliamentary history, and MPs comprehensively instruct the government to rule out a no-deal scenario.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, has taken to social media to reveal that he will be appealing to the EU27 members to remain open to the idea of offering the UK a long extension period, if they need time to rethink their Brexit strategy.
— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) March 14, 2019
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