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UK Parliament votes to delay Brexit, rejects second referendum

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The on Thursday voted in favour of delaying the process beyond the scheduled date of March 29 and overwhelmingly rejected a call for a second referendum, plunging the country into political chaos.

The vote to delay the UK's exit from the was passed by 412 votes to 202 in the House of Commons, which means the British parliamentarians acknowledged that more time is required to break the deadlock, amid the uncertainty surrounding the country's status in leaving the European bloc.

The motion now instructs British to seek an extension to Article 50, the legal process under which the UK is leaving the Unanimous approval is needed from the remaining 27 EU member countries if there is a delay beyond March 29, reported.

May is likely to seek the extension at a summit in on March 21, after her controversial deal was rejected by the for the second time on Tuesday.

Apart from this, British lawmakers rejected a motion to support a second referendum on by 334 votes to 85. The vote was indicative and would not have been legally binding if it was passed in the House of Commons, according to

The parliamentarians also narrowly rejected an amendment giving the power to take control of the process from May's administration. The vote was dismissed by 314 votes to 312.

The motion would have given the lawmakers, instead of the British government, the opportunity to control the parliamentary agenda, which includes negotiations on Brexit without a time limit.

British lawmakers on Wednesday voted to reject a no-deal Brexit, which allows the UK to leave the EU without any agreement. The motion was rejected by 321 votes to 278.

May had earlier warned that the Brexit process could be delayed longer if her agreement was rejected for the third time. If that happens, it would force the UK to elect members to the in the elections slated to be held in May.

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First Published: Fri, March 15 2019. 01:44 IST