UK MPs vote by majority to delay Brexit



London: UK MPs have voted in favour of delaying the Brexit process by at least three months, acknowledging that more time was needed to break the deadlock over Britain’s departure from the European Union (EU), although a call for a second referendum was decisively rejected. On Thursday night, the MPs voted 412 votes to 202 to approve of Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to delay Brexit, after the House of Commons earlier this week overwhelmingly rejected her withdrawal agreement by a large margin, for a second time, and then voted to reject a no-deal Brexit, CNN reported.

The votes were the last in a series of vital parliamentary decisions on Brexit over several days, mean that Britain’s departure from the EU should not now take place before June 30 and gave May a window to resuscitate her plan. May will now ask European leaders to grant an extension to Article 50, the mechanism taking the UK out of the EU on March 29. Unless a delay is approved by all 27 remaining EU leaders, Britain is heading for a chaotic exit on March 29. (IANS)