MPs REJECT amendment requesting to delay Brexit until June 30

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If Prime Minister Theresa May presses on with her Brexit deal after lawmakers vote to delay Britain's exit, parliament will have to look at other options, the opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Wednesday.

The 10 votes provided by the DUP, which props up the government, are thought to be key to the prime minister securing her deal.

To be sure, May's premiership is still hanging by a thread.

Meanwhile, talks continued with the DUP, but the party stressed that the presence of Chancellor Philip Hammond at a meeting on Friday did not mean that money was an issue.

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Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, who voted against the government motion requesting an Article 50 extension, indicated he would prefer a no-deal departure from the bloc to a long delay. However, MPs categorically rejected an amendment that called for a second Brexit referendum.

If the third vote is lost things become more complicated. As part of a potential "grand bargain" with these "Euroskeptics", who are growing increasingly disillusioned with May, it is even possible that she might offer to stand down as prime minister to get the withdrawal deal over the line.

But the deal has remained deadlocked in parliament, chiefly by disagreement over the so-called Irish "backstop" - a measure to avoid barriers at the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

He told Germany's Funke newspaper "as long as this isn't clear, Brexit can only be delayed for a few weeks, exclusively to avoid a chaotic withdrawal" on March 29.

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On Friday, there were signs that the Government might be making some progress.

May's de-facto deputy, Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, said he hoped the United Kingdom would leave in an orderly fashion but if May's deal was not approved then a long extension was on the cards. "What it does is precisely what the word delay says, it just delays the point in which we come to that decision", remarked May at a news conference. Crucially, this might also lead him to change his legal advice on this issue. But we won't really know for sure until we get a formal statement from the government about forthcoming business.

Pro-Brexit lawmakers in May's Conservative Party have rejected her withdrawal deal-which lays out the terms of Britain's departure and the outline of the country's future relations with the European Union -because they think it keeps Britain too closely bound to the bloc's rules and regulations.

In the pouring rain in Sunderland, northeast England, which was the first place in Britain to declare a vote to leave the EU, Farage, wearing a flat cap and carrying an umbrella, said Brexit was now in danger of being scuttled by the establishment.

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That has hardened attitudes and accelerated a search for ways to force MPs to choose the deal - including the threat of a long extension, dreaded by Brexiteers.