House of Commons rejects May's deal for third time

House of Commons rejects May's deal for third time

In a statement immediately following the vote in parliament, the European Commission warned, "The EU has been preparing for this since December 2017 and is now fully prepared for a "no deal" scenario at midnight on 12 April".

MPs are due to vote on one part of Theresa May's deal today, although it is uncertain whether the motion will pass.

After one of the most tumultuous weeks in British politics since the 2016 referendum, it was still uncertain how, when or even if the United Kingdom will ever leave the bloc it first joined 46 years ago.

"We were told over a 100 times by a British prime minister that we would be leaving on the 29th of March, 2019", she said.

"In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have made a decision to call a European Council on 10 April", said European Council President Donald Tusk, immediately responding to the result.

Thousands of flag-waving protesters gathered outside Parliament on Friday to accuse MPs of betraying Brexit, holding up signs saying "Give Our kingdom back" and "Free Britain now".

UK PM Theresa May had staged the third Brexit vote as the final opportunity to ensure Britain's divorce with European Union, however, in a special sitting of the UK House of Commons, UK lawmakers voted 344-286 against the Theresa May's obsessive withdrawal agreement.

The vote left Britain's withdrawal from the European Union in turmoil on the day that the country was originally due to leave the bloc.

With no majority yet in the House of Commons for any of the Brexit options, there was speculation that an election could be called, though such a vote would be unpredictable and it is unclear who would lead the Conservatives into it.

"Clearly both the Conservative Party and Labour are split on Brexit, and they are going to have considerable difficulty in getting election manifestos together that are coherent", said John Mills, a business executive and former chairman of the Vote Leave referendum campaign.

"What happens on Monday is that process of Parliament taking control of this continues", he said. Nigel Farage and Tommy Robinson were among those who addressed the crowds of March To Leave demonstrators who arrived in the capital today after making the 14-day trip from Sunderland.

When asked if Labour was a Remain party, Ms Thornberry replied: "In our hearts we want to remain but we have to square that with democracy".

In a separate rally up the street, far-right agitator Tommy Robinson roused supporters with a speech attacking politicians and the media.

"To do that, promise the British people that and then say "Actually, no, we need to just put it back" - absolute betrayal".

Police said they were prepared for potential trouble, although the atmosphere was festive for most of the day with people drinking beer and eating sandwiches.

The political morass has left Britons on both sides of the debate frustrated and angry.

Andy Allan, 58, who was carrying a red and white St George's flag, predicted that there could be unrest modelled on the " yellow vest" protests that have rocked Paris for the last few months if Britain fails to leave the EU.

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