Please see below for a breakdown of the votes held: (BBC)

  • MPs vote to delay Brexit beyond 29 March – MPs have backed the Government’s motion to seek to extend Article 50 and delay Brexit beyond 29 March by 412 votes to 202; a majority of 210.
  • MPs reject Labour amendment by 16 votes – MPs have voted against the Labour Party’s frontbench amendment, which rejects the prime minister’s deal, no-deal and calls for an extension of Article 50 to allow time to find a different approach, by 318 votes to 302; a majority of 16.
  • MPs narrowly reject call to take control of Brexit process – MPs have narrowly voted against senior Labour MP’s Hilary Benn’s amendment which would have allowed MPs to take control of the parliamentary business and potentially hold indicative votes, by 314 votes to 312 ; a majority of just two.
  • MPs reject June 30 deadline by three votes – Labour MP Lucy Powell’s amendment, which specifies that Article 50 should only be extended until 30 June, has been rejected by 314 votes to 311; a majority of just three votes.
  • MPs reject amendment calling for another referendum – Independent Group MP Dr Sarah Wollaston’s amendment, which called for an extension of Article 50 for another referendum to take place, has been rejected by 334 votes to 85; a majority of 249

 

MPs vote by a majority of 211 to seek delay to EU departure – MPs 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 29 March as previously planned. Mrs May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, to 30 June, 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. Theresa May 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. Downing Street said the government was still preparing for a no-deal Brexit. Theresa May is planning to hold another “meaningful vote” on her withdrawal deal by Wednesday – after it was overwhelmingly rejected on two previous occasions. If she wins that vote, she will ask for a one-off extension to Brexit get the necessary legislation through Parliament at an EU summit on Thursday – if not she could ask for a longer extension. A spokesman for the European Commission said extending Article 50, the mechanism taking the UK out of the EU on 29 March, would need the “unanimous agreement” of all EU member states. And it would be for the leaders of those states “to consider such a request, giving priority to the need to ensure the functioning of the EU institutions and taking into account the reasons for and duration of a possible extension”. (BBC)

 

Business highlights worries over Brexit delay – British business leaders on Thursday night called for parliament to “stop playing games” after MPs voted to delay Brexit until June 30 at the earliest. Industry groups expressed relief that a no-deal Brexit on the scheduled exit date of March 29 was now increasingly unlikely, but highlighted their disquiet about the growing uncertainty over the Brexit timetable. “Everyone has got to the end of their patience with the whole process,” said Stephen Phipson, chief executive of Make UK, the British manufacturing association formerly known as the EEF. “There is no point extending uncertainty if all we get is more dithering, debate and political games,” said Mike Cherry, the chairman of the Federation of Small Business, arguing that a Brexit delay should only be pursued “if parliament has a clear and coherent plan to get us out of this mess”. Without a plan, Mr Cherry added, “we would only be avoiding a cliff edge on March 29 to then face another further down the road”. (FT)

 

Five Labour MPs quit roles to oppose new referendum vote – Five Labour MPs have quit party roles to defy orders and vote against holding a fresh Brexit referendum. Labour ordered its MPs to abstain on a cross-party bid to delay Brexit to allow a referendum on backing whatever deal is agreed or remaining in the EU. But 41 of its MPs rebelled, with 24 supporting a referendum and 17 voting to oppose one. Stephanie Peacock quit as a whip, saying she had been elected to honour the 2016 referendum result. In her letter to Jeremy Corbyn she wrote: “The people of Barnsley elected me to honour that promise and that is what I did tonight. “I felt in all good conscience I had to vote tonight to clearly rule out any form of second referendum. I believe the people spoke in 2016 and we need to enact their decision.” (BBC)

 

Donald Trump criticizes Theresa May for ‘how badly’ Brexit talks have gone – Donald Trump has renewed his criticism of Theresa May’s handling of Brexit, claiming that she ignored his advice on how to negotiate and now “it’s tearing a country apart”. The US president, a self-anointed master deal maker, also insisted that a second referendum on Britain’s departure from the European Union would be “unfair” and said he looks forward to making a bilateral trade agreement. Trump, who is friendly with the former UK Independence party leader, has long been a cheerleader for Brexit and alive to its domestic parallels. Speaking in the Oval Office alongside the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar, on Thursday, Trump said: “It’s a very complex thing right now, it’s tearing a country apart, it’s actually tearing a lot of countries apart and it’s a shame it has to be that way but I think we will stay right in our lane.” (The Guardian)

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