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UK Parliament votes in favour of a 3 month Brexit extension

UK Prime Minister Theresa May. MPs have vaotes to delay the Brexit deal. (FILE PHOTO)

LONDON – Members of Parliament vote by 412 to 202 to ask European Union for Brexit to be delayed beyond 29 March.

The motion passed means Theresa May will now ask the EU for an extension to article 50 until 30 June 2019.

If they agree – as most assume they will – the UK will not be leaving the European Union on 29 March.

How it went down briefly.

UK lawmakers have backed delaying the Brexit process. MPs voted to allow a short delay to the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union a day after they rejected a no-deal Brexit. Tonight they also overwhelmingly rejected calls for a second referendum.

What’s next? Prime Minister Theresa May will need to seek an extension from Europe on March 21 and 22, but for that to be approved the UK will need to give EU leaders a clear reason why it should be granted. May has warned if MPs can’t agree upon a deal in the coming days, an even longer delay to Brexit will be needed.

When is Brexit supposed to happen? As it currently stands, the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU in 15 days — on March 29.

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