MPs vote to request Article 50 extension and delay Brexit

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May has given politicians in her party a free vote, and investors expect parliament will vote against a no-deal Brexit - which most economists say would cause significant harm to the economy.

In an exclusive Facebook poll, 82% of Politicalite readers supported a "No Deal Brexit".

The CBI business lobby group said most of its members wanted a delay to Brexit but said MPs must take a "new approach".

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MPs have rejected an amendment which seeks to allow the House of Commons to decide what kind of Brexit deal should be negotiated by 314 votes to 312, majority two.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour party who has been trying to force snap elections, said May must now admit that her government's overarching strategy had failed.

She told the Commons that she was "profoundly sorry" at the outcome and added: "Voting against leaving without a deal and for an extension does not solve the problems we face".

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May, visibly exhausted and struggling to speak as a result of a sore throat, admitted that Tuesday's vote confirms that there is no support for "this deal" and how the Brexit process moves forward remains all the more uncertain.

She announced she had secured the promised "legally binding changes" to the backstop - which would keep Britain in the EU's customs union if and until a new way was found to avoid frontier checks - after a last-minute trip to Strasbourg to meet EU leaders on the eve of the vote.

The PM warned this could lead to a very lengthy delay - and Britain could end up having to stage European elections in May.

David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, has described Labour's position on a second referendum as "spectacular indecision".

Speaking out on the ongoing Brexit debate in the UK Parliament and the series of votes on the future of UK-EU relationship, the US President said another vote on Brexit would be unfair.

In a motion to be put to MPs at 1700 GMT, May calls for a delay to Brexit, and sets out two possible scenarios.

The clash came soon after UK Attorney General Geoffrey Cox confirmed that the legal risk from the controversial Irish backstop "remains unchanged", leading to hard-Brexiteers from within May's own Conservative Party refusing to back the so-called "improved" divorce arrangement.

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But the only deal on the table right now is the same one MPs rejected on Tuesday. While an extension of Article 50 is now inevitable, responsibility for that extension lies exclusively and squarely at the prime minister's door'.

The Irish PM said the most pressing issue facing his country was how to settle questions about the future of the border between Ireland, an European Union member, and Northern Ireland, which won't be. Mrs May's own motion points out that any extension beyond June 30 "would require the United Kingdom to hold European Parliament elections" due to take place on that day.

"I profoundly regret the decision that this House has taken tonight", May said.

Renegotiated late on Monday night, the latest version of the deal was defeated by 391 votes to 242. They object to her deal more than they fear another plebiscite.

"To do what? Because the. negotiation is finished, we have a treaty, it's there", he said, holding up the 585-page document.

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