Update 5: Parliament votes in favour of Brexit delay until June 30th

Former United Kingdom Independence Party leader, Nigel Farage, has called the decision to delay Brexit, ‘an outrage’.

He tweets that with the decision made by the Parliament, it is now time for people to pledge their support to the Brexit Party.

Reacting to the news of the UK Parliament’s decision to delay Brexit, the UK coordinator for the Take A Break From Brexit campaign, Andrea Pisauro, told Newsbook.com.mt that the delay was ‘a step in the right direction.’

‘Rejecting the government’s deal and the catastrophic no deal and approving an extension of the article 50, Parliament has done the right thing. Now someone needs to come up with a plan to bring the country together … It’s a step in the right direction which proves that the extension was the only way to break the parliamentary deadlock, as we always said’

Take A Break From Brexit has been actively seeking an extension to Brexit aimed at democratising the process.

‘This is not democracy, this is blackmail’

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They are currently gathering signatures to lobby the Government to seek an extension:

Parliament votes in favour of Brexit delay until June 30th

The main government motion calling for a Brexit delay until the 30th June, has passed by over 400 votes. This is conditional on MPs supporting a withdrawal agreement by the 20th March.

If no agreement can be found, an extension will have to be found through the government requesting such a move through the EU. This would mean the EU would be responsible for deciding the terms of the extension.  The Prime Minister had warned MPs that this could be up to three months.

Ayes: 412

Noes: 202

Majority: 210

Labour’s new Brexit approach not wanted

Amendment E – Labour’s attempt to find a new direction on the Brexit process and extend it to prevent a No-Deal Brexit, has also dropped.

Ayes: 302

Noes: 318

Majority: 16

This is Take A Break From Brexit’s reaction to the Labour Amendment being called.

Amendment seizing control of the Parliament clipped by 2 votes

Amendment I has been voted down by a narrow two vote margin.

Had the amendment gone through, it would’ve seen MPs take control of the Brexit process and parliamentary time from the 20th March, offering indicative Brexit votes to MPs.

Ayes: 312

Noes: 314

Majority: 2

No 2nd referendum; no Brexit delay extension

A further rejection in the House of Commons as MPs vote against an amendment of the Hilary Benn Amendment calling for an extension of the Brexit process until 30th June.

Ayes: 311

Noes: 314

MPs are now leaving the chamber to vote on the actual Benn Amendment, Amendment I

2nd Referendum rejected:

Amendment H – MPs have voted against the amendment for the Prime Minister to proceed with a Article 50 extension.

Ayes: 85

Noes: 334

Majority: 249

Labour MP says she’s resigned from the party front bench over her determination to vote against a second referendum.

Tonight’s Brexit Amendments explained

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, has selected four amendments in this evening’s Brexit Delay vote.

Tonight’s amendments form the next stage in the Brexit story, following yesterday’s decision by the Parliament to categorically rule out a No-Deal Brexit and on Tuesday when MPs once again voted down the Prime Minister’s  Brexit withdrawal deal.

Amendment H

The amendment that has gotten the most hype so far is Amendment H, the call for the extension of Article 50 in order to carry out a second referendum.

The amendment is the preferred Brexit option of the Remain camp and the Parliament.  The Prime Minister has always been against such a vote instead favouring her plan to ‘fulfil’ Brexit.

The Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston proposed the motion which has been supported by fellow independent MPs from the Conservative and Labour parties.  There is also support coming from the Liberal Democrats and some pockets of support from MPs from other parties.

Amendment I

A concept which has been threatened by the Parliament towards the Prime Minister is that MPs could seize control of the Brexit process.

The concept has now become a reality with the Conservative MP Sir Oliver Letwin and Labour MPs Hilary Benn and Yvette Cooper proposing the amendment.

The wording of the amendment reads that it would, ‘enable the House of Commons to find a way forward that can command majority support.’ This would be done through a series of indicative votes made by MPs.

If successful, MPs within the House of Commons would take control.  On Wednesday 20th March, government business would no longer take precedence over Parliament.

Through a motion brought forward by 25 MPs, all matters pertaining to the UK’s leaving the EU would take priority.

It is understood that there is also a further amendment to this amendment proposed by MP Lucy Powell, to see the process extended to the 30th June.

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Amendment E

The amendment put forward by the Labour Party calls for a Brexit delay giving time for the Parliament to try something new in the wake of the current deal being rejected as well as there being No-Deal.

Their amendment reads, ‘to provide parliamentary time for this House to find a majority for a different approach.’

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that his party has a strategy for working with the EU which include a customs union, which he feels will garner more support in the commons.

The Prime Minister and Mr Corbyn have regularly argued over the viability of this.

Amendment J

The fourth and final amendment chosen by the Speaker is that MPs should not be voting for a third time on the current Brexit deal.

The amendment has been put forward by the Labour MP Chris Bryant, stating that voting on a motion or amendment that has already been proposed and voted on, cannot be re-held. In this case, this would prevent MPs voting for a deal that has already been rejected twice already.

Rejected Amendment

The Speaker of the House today rejected an amendment which would rule out the second referendum. This has caused controversy with key Brexiteers like Sir Bernard Jenkins who feel this reflects a bias on the part of Mr Bercow, towards the EU.

Brexit delay

MPs will also be voting on a main parliamentary motion to seek a general delay to the Brexit process to last until 30th June.

This would take place on condition that MPs approve the current withdrawal deal by 20th March.

If rejected, the Article 50 extension will be in the hands of the EU to decide. May has warned this could be longer than three months.