MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit

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MPs have voted by 312 to 308 to reject leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

It is not a legally-binding decision – and it does not rule out the UK leaving the EU.

But it means MPs could now get a vote on delaying Brexit.

That vote would take place on Thursday, and if it is passed – and the EU agrees to it – the UK will not leave the EU as planned on 29 March.

The government has tabled its own motion on rejecting a no-deal Brexit on 29 March – but MPs have now voted to reject no-deal under any circumstances.

MPs are now voting on the government motion.

MPs voted by 374 to 164 to reject a plan to delay the UK’s departure from the EU until 22 May, 2019 so that there can be a “managed no-deal” Brexit.

This amendment was proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May’s former second-in-command, Conservative MP Damian Green, and was backed by prominent Conservative Brexiteers and Remainers.

It was known as the Malthouse Compromise – after Kit Malthouse, the government minister who devised it.

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BBC News – UK Politics

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