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JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – United Kingdom (UK) lawmakers backed delaying the Brexit process. Members of Parliament (MPs) voted to allow a short delay to the planned from the European Union (EU), a day after they rejected a no-deal Brexit.

The House also overwhelmingly rejected calls for a second referendum. MPs voted to ask the EU for an extension to the Brexit process beyond March 29 by 413 votes to 202, a government majority of 211.

On the third consecutive day of Brexit votes, the focus for MPs was on whether the government should seek an extension of Article 50 from the EU, to allow the program to be delayed. Any delay beyond March 29 would require unanimous approval from the remaining 27 EU member states.

May is now likely to seek the extension at a European Council Summit in Brussels next week, after putting her twice-rejected divorce deal back to the House of Commons earlier in the week. At this summit that May will request the extension of Article 50, thereby delaying Brexit.

For how long, depends on what happens in meaningful vote three. If she overturns her’ 149 vote loss on Tuesday (03/12), then the request will be for Brexit to be delayed until June 30. If she loses for the third time, then goodness knows what happens. And if either request is declined, then Brexit happens on March 29, with or without a deal.

The Prime Minister has warned that a longer delay to Brexit will be required if her deal is rejected a third time. That would force the UK to take part in elections to the European Parliament in May.

Despite telling his MPs to abstain from voting on the second referendum amendment, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has told parliament that the party still supports a public vote.

“I reiterate our support on a public vote — not as a politically point-scoring, but as a realistic option to break the deadlock,” Corbyn told the House of Commons. But, more than 200 members from the UK’ main opposition party abstained from voting on whether to give the British public a second referendum.

A number of business chiefs have welcomed the UK Parliament’ decision to support a Brexit delay, but have warned that Britain’s future remains on a “knife edge.” The Confederation of British Industry said parliament’ rejection of a no-deal and support for a Brexit delay showed there was still “common sense” in Westminster.

It added that the government must now adopt a “radically new approach” to find consensus among MPs. “After an exasperating few days, Parliament’s rejection of no deal and desire for an extension shows there is still some common sense in Westminster. But without a radically new approach, business fears this is simply a stay of execution,” CBI tweeted in Twitter.

While the British Retail Consortium (BRC) said the prospect of a delay offers a “glimmer of hope,” a no-deal Brexit still remains on the table. According to Britain’ Press Association, BRC chief Helen Dickinson warned that unless there is “definitive action” by lawmakers within the next six days, the UK will crash out of the EU in 15 days.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: lexy@theinsiderstories.com

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