Brexit: House of Commons vote to reject Labour amendment

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In simple terms, MPs will vote to say whether the Prime Minister came to the Commons within three Parliamentary days of her historic defeat on the Withdrawal Agreement to set out her plan B - which she did.

With exactly two months to go until Britain is scheduled to leave the EU, MPs on Tuesday were debating May's plan to attempt to renegotiate the deal she struck with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

Parliament on Tuesday will try to find some way forward by debating and voting on what changes they want May to seek to her deal.

"Today we need to send an emphatic message about what we do want", said May, adding that she now wanted to secure "a significant and legally binding change to the Withdrawal Agreement".

"We have a unanimous EU27 position on the Withdrawal Agreement which reflects the common European Union position", he said.

Following the result, May said she now had a mandate to take back for further negotiations with the EU. "They just want to string things out until it is too late", Boles said in a posting on Twitter.

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Britain remaining in a customs union, or even the EU single market, could help reach a final agreement, Weyand said, adding: "We need decisions on the United Kingdom side on the direction of travel".

There have been warnings that borders will be snarled up, hitting trade and leading to shortages.

Brady says his amendment would give May "enormous firepower" to demand concessions from Brussels and could simply be appended to her withdrawal agreement.

"We should send the prime minister back to Brussels with a strong mandate to be able to say: "If you compromise with us on this one issue, on the the backstop, we would be able to get an agreement" - an agreement that is nearly there", he said.

London's benchmark FTSE 100 index was 1.3 per cent higher in midday deals, while the pound held recently won ground versus the dollar.

An amendment selected for a vote, proposed by Conservative lawmaker Graham Brady, calls for the Irish backstop arrangement envisioned by May's Brexit divorce deal to be removed and replaced with "alternative arrangements".

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The Northern Irish party that props up May's government said it would support the amendment, as did the hardline pro-Brexit ERG group of Conservative lawmakers, most of whom voted against her original deal.

Despite the manoeuvring in Westminster, in Brussels the European Union, officially at least, remained resolute that the Withdrawal Agreement would not be reopened.

An amendment tabled by Labour which called for MPs to be able to vote on options to stop a no-deal exit was rejected, as well as the Blackford Amendment, spearheaded by the SNP's Westminster leader Ian Blackford, which sought to extend the Article 50 process, rule out a no-deal Brexit and prevent Scots being taken out of the European Union "against their will".

Although Parliament is overwhelmingly opposed to May's Brexit deal, lawmakers are divided over what to do instead - whether to brace for a "no-deal" Brexit or to try and rule that out.

With two months left until Britain is due by law to leave the European Union, investors and allies have urged the British government to clinch a deal to allow an orderly exit from the club it joined in 1973.

Maddy Thimont Jack, a researcher at the Institute for Government in London, said: "The Brady amendment is obviously trying to express a view that the House will approve the deal as long as the prime minister negotiates or is able to address concerns about the backstop, whereas the Cooper amendment is really about MPs trying to take control of the process or timeframe".

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"In the absence of a viable alternative to the Withdrawal Agreement, we continue to be heading for a no-deal scenario which is damaging, disruptive and chaotic to business, to manufacturers and consumers", Sanguinetti said.

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