Brexit: Second round of voting on alternative proposals begins

But adopting a "soft Brexit" would likely be welcomed by the European Union and would allow Britain to leave the bloc in an orderly fashion in the next few months.

Britain is running out of time and options for Brexit.

A longer delay beyond May 22 would have the freakish effect of Britain having to hold European Parliament elections like other member states.

The poll also found narrow support for a second referendum.

And the fourth essentially seeks to cancel Brexit.

Indicative votes return for a second round as MPs search for an alternative to May's deal.

No single option won a majority in the first round but MPs will try again on Monday, with voting starting at 8.00 pm (1900 GMT), and another day of debate is scheduled for this Wednesday.

Theresa May has been warned by one of her senior ministers that she can not afford to ignore the will of parliament if it unites around a "softer" Brexit.

The EU gave Britain until April 12 to come up with a new plan or to leave the bloc without a deal. Hardline Brexiteers and those ministers pushing for a softer Brexter are both threatening to resign if they don't get their way.

He also denounced the behaviour of May's own ministers, who he said were trying to undermine her.

Chief whips are supposed to be like Victorian children in the extreme, never seen nor heard.

Instead, May made bold speeches and erected red lines.

If she held the vote before a favored indicative vote was legislated on, her deal would supersede any other option.

Parliament is set to vote Monday on several alternatives to the European Union withdrawal deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May.

"This evening, for once voting "Yes", instead of every time voting "No", he tweeted.

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.

This appears an empty threat by a weakened party leader.

Labour's deputy leader, Tom Watson, outraged party activists by suggesting Saturday a national unity government may have to be formed to find a way out of the political dead-end.

Both main parties are preparing for the possibility of a snap election as a way out of the deadlock.

Parliament has voted repeatedly to rule out a no-deal Brexit, but that remains the default position unless a deal is approved, Brexit is canceled or the European Union grants Britain another extension. In the former, 268 MPs backed the idea and in the latter it was 264.

"For the second half we are seeing softness in both the United Kingdom and Europe, which we believe comes from macroeconomic uncertainty and many unanswered questions surrounding Brexit which are together driving weaker customer demand", easyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said.

"If needs must, we have to then do what's right", he said.

As a result, it remains among the many so-called soft Brexit options that have failed to attract majority backing. This path may allow Britain to seek trade deals outside the European Union, but would likely mean that Britain would have to allow for free movement of European Union citizens into Britain.

Siemens U.K. CEO Juergen Maier urged lawmakers in an open letter to choose an option that keeps Britain in a customs union with the EU.

So much uncertainty surrounding Brexit is not good for the pound, but it has held gains against other major currencies after United Kingdom factory data reached its highest levels for 13 months on Brexit stockpiling.

Steve Baker, a Conservative lawmaker and arch Brexiteer, is one of those adamantly opposed.

This will be the second round of indicative votes, which are created to find an alternative to the options they were presented with on Wednesday.

Membership of a customs union would breach the Conservative's 2017 manifesto. But he pointed out that Britain could strike trade deals on services, which make up about 80 percent of the British economy.


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