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UK Parliament approves motion to prevent no-deal Brexit

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Anti-Brexit protesters demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament on March 13 ahead of a week of crucial votes on the future of Britain’s relationship with Europe

However, Sturgeon has slated the Tory party and May's leadership which she feels has been "pandering to Brexit extremists" while stating her belief that there's still no "workable or deliverable plan to leave the EU".

The prime minister has been defeated again. "It's time that we have a general election and the people can choose who their government should be".

However, even if the Article 50 - the notification that Britain will leave the European Union - extension is granted, Juncker said last night that "it's this deal or Brexit might not happen at all".

May's deal covers such issues as citizens' rights, the status of the Irish border and Britain's divorce bill from the EU. "The impasse can only be solved in Britain".

May's decision to bring back a deal that critics said was "dead" is likely to prompt fury among many MPs.

The motion was nonetheless passed by 321 votes to 278. The financial consequences of a no-deal Brexit are well versed and politicians must now act to prevent this from becoming a reality for businesses and households across the country.

Former minister Edward Leigh said: "You may not like the deal, it's not ideal, but it delivers Brexit and let's go for it".

May had hoped that the looming March 29 Brexit deadline, and warnings of chaos from the Bank of England in the event of a "no deal" Brexit, would pressure lawmakers who voted against her deal in January to change their minds. "Or risk no deal, or no Brexit".

Following the rejection of no deal on Wednesday Theresa May said "a short technical extension is only likely to be on offer if we have a deal in place". EU President Donald Tusk is also disappointed "that the British government has failed to reach a majority for the withdrawal agreement".

May had called the revised deal "improved" following her meetings with Juncker, and she said that while members of Parliament would still have concerns, real progress had been made.

"The House has today provided a clear majority against leaving without a deal, " Mrs May, hoarse and exhausted, told parliament immediately after the vote.

The no-deal option remains the U.K.'s default unless Parliament ratifies a withdrawal agreement, according to May.

To some Parliamentary observers, the proceedings sounded a death knell not only for May's plan - but perhaps her leadership.

The Daily Express describes it as a "fresh shattering blow" for the PM that leaves Brexit "almost certain" to be postponed past March 29.

The British parliament on Wednesday rejected leaving the European Union without a deal, further weakening Prime Minister Theresa May and paving the way for a vote that could delay Brexit until at least the end of June.

Sterling fell as much as 2 cents on Cox's advice, which was seen as reducing the chance that May's deal will be approved by parliament.

As it stands, there seems to be no consensus in the House of Commons for any kind of Brexit.

But after Wednesday's votes, May will struggle to persuade Conservative euro-skeptics to do what she tells them to. A second SNP amendment seeks to add language confirming the Government accepts it can revoke Article 50.

Any extension must be agreed by all 27 European Union members, the Dutch prime minister said, adding that "the smooth functioning of the European Union institutions needs to be ensured".

The EU said there would be no more negotiations with London on the Withdrawal Agreement, struck with Mrs May after Two-and-a-half years of negotiations.

"This will cause turmoil in the European Parliament if it suddenly said 'we've allocated those seats but we now need to withdraw them to allow the British to stay". More than two years later, whether Britain will actually leave is in doubt - but it's clear that the political casualties are only beginning.

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