Latest Brexit update – March 2019Print publication
On Tuesday 12 March, the UK Parliament rejected the EU Withdrawal Agreement for a second time by a majority of 149, (with 391 votes against and 242 votes for). Further details regarding the vote are available here: BBC article.
On Wednesday 13 March, the UK Parliament voted in favour of taking a no-deal Brexit off the table, in other words, the UK Parliament expressed its wish that the UK should not leave the EU without a deal. (You can read the BBC coverage here).
On Thursday 14 March, MPs voted by 413 to 202 to seek an extension to Article 50 – the legal mechanism by which the UK is due to leave the EU. However, technically Wednesday and Thursday’s votes are not binding, the law has not changed and the UK could still leave the EU without a deal. (Read the BBC’s summary here).
There remains a variety of options in terms of what comes next. Prime Minister Theresa May had been considering a third vote on her Brexit deal, which has already been rejected twice. But in a surprise ruling on Monday, Mr John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, ruled out another vote unless substantial changes are made to the deal first.
Any delay to the UK leaving the EU will require the agreement of all other 27 EU members