Brexit: Parliament again fails to agree on how to leave the E.U., as deadline looms

NBC News | 4/1/2019 | Staff
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LONDON — Britain's Parliament still can't agree on how to move forward on Brexit.

Four nonbinding measures that would have outlined a potential way forward on exiting the European Union all failed to gain a majority Monday.

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The vote came after lawmakers last week rejected a withdrawal agreement proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May for a third time. Two of these votes were the largest and fourth largest losses in parliamentary history. Despite these defeats, May is reportedly considering putting her deal up for yet another vote in Parliament this week.

The options Parliament considered Monday included two proposals that aimed to retain close economic ties between Britain and the European Union. One would have kept the U.K. in a customs union for goods with the E.U. after Brexit, while another called for Britain to stay in the bloc's single market for both goods and services.

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Another option wanted any Brexit deal to be submitted to a public referendum, and the fourth said Britain should cancel its departure from the E.U. if it comes within two days of crashing out of the bloc without an agreement.

Prime Minister Theresa May has said that she would step down if Parliament passes the deal she negotiated with the E.U.

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Justice Secretary David Gauke, who voted to stay in the E.U. in the June 2016 referendum, called on his fellow lawmakers to act even if they have not found a perfect deal.

"There are no ideal choices available and there are very good arguments against any possible outcome at the moment. But we are going to have to do something," he said on the BBC on Sunday. “Sometimes you do have to accept your second or third choice to avoid an outcome you consider to be even worse.”

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As it is, Britain is due to leave the 28-member European trading bloc...
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