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Deadlock Remains After Latest Brexit Vote

All 4 alternatives fail
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 1, 2019 4:16 PM CDT
Anti-Brexit demonstrators near College Green at the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, April 1, 2019.   (Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)

(Newser) – British lawmakers have failed to find a majority for any proposal in votes on alternatives to the government's rejected Brexit deal. Lawmakers rejected four options in votes in the House of Commons, the AP reports. The votes were an attempt to forge an alternative to the government's rejected European Union divorce deal. The government is still trying to build support for Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, which has been rejected three times by Parliament. Britain is due to leave the EU on April 12 without an agreement unless it passes a divorce deal or secures an extension from the bloc.

The options included two proposals that aimed to retain close economic ties between Britain and the European Union. One would have kept the UK in a customs union for goods with the EU after Brexit (that one was the closest vote, failing by just three, per CNN), while another called for Britain to stay in the bloc's single market for both goods and services. Another option wanted any Brexit deal to be submitted to a public referendum, and the fourth said Britain should cancel its departure from the EU if it comes within two days of crashing out of the bloc without an agreement. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow chose the options from eight ideas submitted. (Read more Brexit stories.)

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