British MPs vote to reject possibility of UK leaving EU without withdrawal agreement in place

British MPs have voted to reject the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement in place. 

This vote is set to delay the March 29 Brexit deadline. British Prime Minister Theresa May had tabled a government motion against a no-deal Brexit within the March 29 deadline, which was passed by the House of Commons with a majority of 43 votes as 321 MPs backed it and 278 opposed it yesterday. 

All eyes will now be on a vote today, which is most likely expected to seek an extension to the time available for the UK to negotiate a new divorce arrangement with the EU. 

This would have to be ratified by the EU and the length of extension will become the next focus on both sides. Unless agreed otherwise, Britain leaving the EU by March 29 remains the default Brexit option by law

The Hindu

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