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UK Parliament seized control over Brexit, to vote on alternatives on Wednesday

UK Parliament seized control over Brexit, to vote on alternatives on Wednesday”

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"This amendment instead upends the balance between our democratic institutions and sets a risky, unpredictable precedent for the future", a spokesman for the Department for Exiting the European Union said.

Three Conservative ministers resigned from the government to support the amendment, including Foreign Affairs Minister Alistair Burt, Health Minister Steve Brine and Business Minister Richard Harrington.

"There are some colleagues who I admire greatly and who have stood firmly with us in defending Northern Ireland who now take the view that the Withdrawal Agreement, even though it is a rotten deal, is better than losing Brexit", said Wilson.

Parliament rejected another amendment which called on the government to hold a vote on a no-deal Brexit if the United Kingdom is a week away from crashing out of the EU. She hopes to persuade reluctant pro-Brexit lawmakers that backing her deal is their only hope of leaving soon and in an orderly fashion, and to convince pro-EU legislators that they must choose between her deal and a chaotic no-deal Brexit.

Brexit minister Stephen Barclay had said on Sunday that if parliament took control of the Brexit process, a snap election-which the main opposition Labour party would be likely to back-could be the effect. Three ministers were among the rebels and have now resigned.

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The amendment, which passed with a healthy 329 to 302 margin, means that MPs have effectively taken control of the Brexit process by scheduling a number of "indicative votes" on a variety of withdrawal options to be decided in the Commons on Wednesday (27 March).

Although indicative votes are not binding, the votes are seen as a way to establish whether there is a parliamentary majority for a different approach to Brexit.

Ex-Foreign Office minister Alistair Burtreleased a press statement saying the risk of leaving the European Union without a deal had brought "serious and disruptive uncertainty", and parliament needed "urgently to resolve the situation by considering alternatives freely".

Labour whipped in favour of the change championed by a Tory backbencher, while the government opposed it.

A cross-party group of MPs, led by Conservative former ministers Sir Oliver Letwin and Dominic Grieve and Labour's Hilary Benn, used a vote on Monday evening to seize control of the parliamentary agenda on Wednesday so a series of votes can be held then.

The aim is to find out what, if anything, can command majority support in Parliament - and to send the government back to negotiate it with the EU.

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So the impression created by the PM that she could ignore the results of the indicative votes process is not true - or so ministers who attended Cabinet tell me.

British politicians are divided over Brexit, but they agree that the process is a mess - and many blame May, who has refused to consider alternatives to her deal and failed to win changes to the agreement from the EU.

"I have always thought that no-deal is better than Mrs May's deal, but Mrs May's deal is better than not leaving at all", Rees-Mog, said on a podcast on Tuesday.

Tory ministers are reportedly sizing up alternatives to May - with the leading contenders being Michael Gove and David Lidington, while Boris also attempts to push his own ambition.

May's deal still struggles: Prime Minister May wants to put her deal, which had already been defeated twice, before the parliament for the third vote this week.

May went over her own Brexit scenarios at an emergency cabinet meeting earlier Monday.

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