European Union leaders urge clarity from Britain before Brexit delay

British PM May fails to win over her party ahead of Brexit vote

The second referendum amendment was emphatically defeated with hordes of Labour MPs sitting in their seats, abstaining from the vote.

However Brexit comes about, opponents of the divorce worry that it will divide the West as it grapples with the USA presidency of Donald Trump and growing assertiveness from Russian Federation and China.

The government promised a "strong role" for the now defunct Stormont assembly if the Brexit backstop was triggered, in a document setting out reassurances ahead of the first meaningful vote.

The plan they all finally agreed on - after turning down four other proposals - was submitted by May herself: to ask European Union leaders to simply push Brexit back.

However, as things stand, the law has not been changed, as Wednesday and Thursday's votes were not legally binding.

A revised tally showed it passing by a 413-202 margin despite the majority of her own party - and seven of her 28 cabinet members - voting against.

May had already lost her voice earlier in the week and did not appear to speak before the chamber after all the voting had wound down for the day.

There is some controversy about the third "meaningful vote", given that, ordinarily, parliament would not be able to vote on the same thing a couple of times.

If she wins that vote, she will ask for a one-off extension to Brexit get the necessary legislation through Parliament at an European Union summit on March 21 - if not she could ask for a longer extension.

It's been a turbulent few weeks in the Palace of Westminster and while Britons may all be bored silly by the sight of MPs arguing about what they think the people actually want, the drama shows no sign of stopping.

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BREXIT DELAYED? The government narrowly averted an attempt by lawmakers to seize the agenda on March 20 with the aim of forcing a discussion of alternative Brexit options - possibly limiting May's options when she takes her case for delay to the EU.

If the agreement is still stalled, then the postponement will have to go beyond June 30 and will imply that the country will participate in the next European elections in May, warned Theresa May.

The prospect of a long extension period would be the stuff of nightmares for hardline eurosceptics, anxious that Brexit may never happen and could strengthen PM May's hand as she pushes to get her deal over the line.

The European Commission recalled Thursday evening that "any request for extension of (the period of negotiations provided for by) Article 50 requires the unanimous agreement of the 27 other member countries" and should be duly justified.

European Council president Donald Tusk has indicated that the EU may be ready to offer a lengthy extension to negotiations if the United Kingdom wants to "rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it".

May's deal has been blocked chiefly by disagreement over the so-called Irish "backstop" - a measure to keep trade flowing and avoid friction at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

In the event of a Brexit delay to end-2020, European Union leaders could instruct their officials to negotiate with Britain on their future relationship: "In these 21 months to the end of 2020, we could say that we really want to negotiate straight away on the future relationship". Campaigners for a new referendum are divided over whether the time is right to push for a second Brexit vote.

If it had been snubbed again, MPs would have taken over by holding a series of "indicative votes" to find a path forward they could all agree on.

People's Vote and other pro-EU campaign groups have been organising periodic marches across London in support of a second vote that could potentially undo the first one's results.

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