Every Brexit Option Has Been Voted Down In Parliament
Eight proposed options for Brexit have been voted down in the UK parliament, leaving 'no simple way forward' for invoking Article 50.
The options included a no deal, the so-called Common Market 2.0 plan, revoking Article 50 altogether, remain in the European Economic Area, a customs union, a referendum to vote on a particular plan and Labour's plan to have a 'close alignment' with the single market.
It is now possible that Prime Minister Theresa May's deal may be put before Parliament a third time.
Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said: "The House has considered a wide variety of options as a way forward.
"And it demonstrates there are no easy options here. There is no simple way forward. The deal the government has negotiated is a compromise...That is the nature of complex negotiations.
"The results of the process this House has gone through today strengthens our view that the deal the government has negotiated is the best option."
It was hoped the raft of options would provide a clear route towards implementing Brexit, but it's only sent the issue into further chaos.
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The eight decisions have prompted severe criticism from commentators and the British public. Piers Morgan wrote on Twitter: "Parliament just voted against every single form of Brexit. What a bunch of useless fucking clowns. Where is someone, anyone, with the balls to lead us out of this endless nonsense."
The option that was the closest to getting through was a cross-party plan to set up a new customs union so that the UK could enjoy tariff free trade with the EU after Brexit.
It comes on the same day that Theresa May announced she would quit as Prime Minister if her Brexit deal was agreed upon.
In a statement released by 10 Downing Street, the Prime Minister said: "I know there is a desire for a new approach - and new leadership - in the second phase of the Brexit negotiations and I won't stand in the way of that.
"I know some people are worried that if you vote for the Withdrawal Agreement, I will take that as a mandate to rush on into phase two without the debate we need to have. I won't - I hear what you are saying.
"I am prepared to leave this job earlier than I intended in order to do what is right for our country and our party.
"I ask everyone in this room to back the deal so we can complete our historic duty - to deliver on the decision of the British people and leave the European Union with a smooth and orderly exit."
Mrs May told a meeting of the 1922 Committee earlier this afternoon she would 'not remain in post for the next phase of the negotiations'.
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