United Kingdom lawmakers vote to delay Brexit past March deadline

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Chancellor Philip Hammond said he was "certain" that MPs would vote for a delay to Brexit.

If passed, it will order Theresa May to seek to delay Brexit "for the purposes of legislating for and conducting a public vote in which the people of the United Kingdom may give their consent" for either leaving the European Union on the terms of a deal agreed by Parliament or remaining in the bloc.

MPs also soundly rejected an amendment paving the way for second referendum - for now at least - by 334 votes to 85. Forty-one Labour MPs rebelled against their party whip which had ordered them to abstain. "Maybe I shouldn't let you do it, I'll just get you in trouble".

The motion commits Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative government to seek an extension until June 30 if Parliament approves a U.K. -EU withdrawal deal next week. Also, despite today's vote passing the motion to request a Brexit deadline extension, the delay is still contingent on approval from the other 27 members of the European Union.

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Meanwhile, EU officials are leaned toward a longer extension but opened to a shorter one. I gave the Prime Minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and I think you would have been successful.

"But it is clear the House of Commons has to find a consensus around something, and if it is not the Prime Minister's deal, I think it will be something that is much less to the taste of those of the hard Brexit wing of my party".

Labour's shadow chancellor John McDonnell told Sky: "Philip Hammond said he was opposed to no deal and was interested in compromise". Barnier clarified once again that the deal is not open for renegotiation, adding that his main concern is not an orderly Brexit, but to organize the future relationship, as the United Kingdom will remain "a close partner, a friend, and an ally". "Join us now in working through that compromise, because we think MPs, in the interests of the country, will put party politics aside and do that".

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