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U.K. delays Brexit from March 29

Posted March. 16, 2019 07:47,   

Updated March. 16, 2019 07:47

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The U.K. has put off Brexit from March 29. The House of Commons held votes on a government resolution to postpone the country’s withdrawal from the European Union and the Commons’ revision bill, and approved the resolution by a vote of 412 to 202.

Prime Minister Theresa May approved on the day a provision suggesting she will put a Brexit agreement to a vote again before March 20, and if approved, the Brexit will be put off until end-June, and if disapproved, there will be a much longer delay. The prime minister, who already failed to get her Brexit deal passed twice, sent an ultimatum to hardliners warning that if her deal is not backed, Brexit could be delayed until after 2020 and end up collapsing.

If the House of Commons reaches conclusion before March 20, May will attend the European Council on March 21 and explain the House of Commons’ decision to 27 EU leaders to seek approval. If the EU rejects the decision to delay Brexit, it cannot be ruled out that the U.K. will face a “No deal Brexit,” in which case the country will have to leave the European Union on March 29 without any agreement.

A revision bill that calls for delaying Brexit and then holding a second national referendum was voted down by 83 to 334. Most of the main opposition Labor Party’s members abstained, saying that “Now is not the time to hold a national referendum.”


Jung-Min Dong ditto@donga.com