British Lawmakers Vote No on 'No-Deal' Brexit

Which lessens but does not eliminate the chance of a chaotic no-deal Brexit
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 13, 2019 2:45 PM CDT
British Lawmakers Vote No on 'No-Deal' Brexit
A pro-Brexit leave the European Union supporter takes part in a protest outside the House of Parliament in London, Wednesday, March 13, 2019.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

(Newser) – Britain's Parliament has voted to reject having the country leave the European Union without a divorce agreement, a decision that lessens but does not remove the chance of a chaotic "no-deal" Brexit. The vote Wednesday night also increases the chances that Britain's exit from the bloc will be delayed. British lawmakers voted 312 to 308 for a motion that "rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement and a Framework for the Future relationship."

The AP reports the vote has political but not legal force. A no-deal Brexit could still happen unless Britain and the EU ratify a divorce agreement or Britain decides to cancel its departure. British lawmakers now plan to vote Thursday on whether to ask the EU to delay the country's March 29 departure day.

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