Foreign Affairs
BREXIT: MPs to vote on whether to request extension of date for Britain’s exit from EU

The Brexit saga continues in the house of Commons, with members being asked to vote, for the third successive day, about whether an extension should be requested for Britain’s exit from the European Union on 29 March. Members will also be voting on an amendment about whether another referendum on Brexit should be held.

Whilst the vote on the entension is expected to go through, the vote on the second referendum has not found support from MPs, although the Opposition leader had spoken in favour of anotherr referendum.

With the British Government and Parliament split on the Brexit process, the House of Commons will continue to seek a solution, even if the process is stalemated.

After British MPs voted in the past two days against the negotiated agreement on Brexit and against leaving the EU without a revised agreement, they are now expected to ask for an extension in order to have more negotiations with the EU.

European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that if the British Prliament votes for an extension, he will propose to European leaders to go for a lengthy one.

Another vote in the British Parliament is for the holding of another Brexit referendum, although there are major divergent views on this as well as opposition from those who want the UK to leave the EU.

Surprisingly, both campaigners in favour of a second referendum and the British Labour Party, which also favours a second referendum, say that in the circumstances, an extension is preferable to a new referendum.

Keir Starmer, from the British Labour Party, stated that “the honorable member would know that there are many people in and out of this place absolutely supportive of a people’s vote, vehemently disagree with this amendment being tabled and voted on today.”

MP for Scotland Ian Blackford is not of the same opinion. He countered with “this House has the first opportunity it has had, perhaps the only opportunity, to say on the basis of what we know, to say on the basis of what  has changed from the referendum in 2016, that the people of the United Kingdom deserve to have a people’s vote, that we all reflect on the reality that there is no such thing as a good Brexit, that we know that there are people who are going to lose their jobs.”

The House of Commons debate over the last three days has shown that uncertainty is the only certainty about the UK’s future.


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