Brexit vote: Will UK lawmakers approve or reject May’s deal?

London and Brussels are preparing themselves for the most important vote on Brexit since the 2016 referendum on EU membership, as U.K. lawmakers decide whether to accept the Brexit deal struck by Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU.

If lawmakers vote against the deal Tuesday evening, they will then get to vote on Wednesday and Thursday respectively on whether the U.K. should leave the 28-member bloc with no deal or should request a delay to its departure, scheduled for March 29.

The deal has already been roundly rejected by U.K. lawmakers once, in January, with many MPs worried about a part of the withdrawal agreement that aimed to prevent a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland (which is a part of the U.K.) should the EU and U.K. fail to agree a trade deal in a 21-month transition period.

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Brexit Has Failed, and Only a New Vote Can Fix It

If Brexiteers were smart, they would support Theresa May’s flawed Brexit plan

Britain’s Parliament will vote again Tuesday on Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal. Conservative Brexiteer MPs should swallow hard and support the imperfect deal rather than risk losing Brexit entirely.

They have opposed the deal so far with good reason. It does not provide for a final trading relationship with the European Union, leaving the United Kingdom tied indefinitely to current E.U. rules. This creates uncertainty for businesses trading with E.U. countries and makes it difficult for Britain to sign new comprehensive trade deals with other nations, such as the United States.

UK will delay Brexit if lawmakers reject May’s deal: Hammond

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s government is still hopeful it can secure a Brexit breakthrough with the European Union this weekend ahead of a key parliamentary vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal next week, foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said on Thursday.

Talks this week led by Attorney General Geoffrey Cox failed to secure EU agreement, with officials in Brussels criticizing the British side’s proposals and telling May’s top lawyer to rework them and come back on Friday.

One UK government source said with the EU showing no sign of moving in the talks, there was little hope anything could change over the next 48 hours, raising doubts over whether May can win support for her deal in next Tuesday’s big vote.

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