Britain Set to Delay Departure from European Union

By Paul Riegler on 14 March 2019
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IMG_7109 2 (1)The UK Parliament is holding debates on Thursday that will decide on the amendments to the government’s motion that would extend Article 50 and delay Brexit, the country’s departure from the European Union. The lawmakers have to review amendments that include holding a second referendum.

The United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union in 15 days on March 29.

A vote is scheduled for 5 p.m. local time. It is widely assumed that Parliament will support a delay.

On Wednesday, Parliament rejected the idea of a hard, or no-deal, Brexit, passing a motion that opposes any attempt to leave the European Union without an agreement.

If the motion to delay Brexit and extend Article 50 passes, Prime Minister Theresa May would have to obtain unanimous approval from the other 27 EU member states. If today’s motion for an extension fails, it puts the country back in the default position of a hard Brexit.

In the event that the amendment calling for a second public referendum passes, the United Kingdom will require a longer extension than the one currently under consideration.

Business leaders have expressed grave concerns over economic growth and foreign investment should Britain crash out of the bloc without a deal in place, and the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office is warning that citizens will face new travel rules including those relating to passport validity should a hard Brexit occur.

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