UK Parliament rejects no-deal Brexit

UK Parliament rejects no-deal Brexit
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The United Kingdom Parliament has narrowly rejected leaving the European Union without an exit agreement.

The parliament voted 312-308 on Wednesday to reject such a move. The vote does not eliminate the possibility of the U.K. leaving the EU, but it does allow members of parliament to vote to delay Brexit.

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The vote is slated for Thursday, and if it passes, the U.K. will no longer be scheduled to leave the EU on March 29.

The vote came a day after the U.K. Parliament again rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, adding to further uncertainty over the country's move to break away from the EU.

“The legal default in U.K. and EU law remains that the U.K. will leave the EU without a deal unless something else is agreed," May said in a speech at the House of Commons. "The onus is now is on every one of us in this House to find out what that is.”
 
She said she believes the government still needs to go through with Brexit in order to maintain "the fragile trust between the British public and the members of this House."

The British people voted in a 2016 referendum to leave the EU, but since then its parliament has struggled to come to a withdrawal agreement.