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European Union losing patience as British MPs vote again on Brexit options

European Union losing patience as British MPs vote again on Brexit options

Britain's exit from the European Union was in disarray after the implosion of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy left her under pressure from rival factions to leave without a deal, go for an election or forge a much softer divorce.

The British pound rose on Monday as investors prepared for parliament to vote on a series of Brexit options, with some hoping that the current uncertainty will end in a softer Brexit than Prime Minister Theresa May's defeated withdrawal agreement.

Another risk is that a summit of European Union leaders on April 10 might decide there is no sure way out of the stalemate, and refuse Britain a further year-long extension to sort itself out.

The Times newspaper said May had been warned by some senior ministers that she faced resignations if she agreed to pursue a softer Brexit. It is likely to get a majority today.

The main opposition Labour Party is backing two proposals which would keep Britain close to the European Union after Brexit, but both would face strong resistance from May and most of her Brexit-backing ministers. It would impose tariffs on trade between Britain and the European Union, bring customs checks that could cause gridlock at ports, and might spark shortages of essential goods. A Deltapoll on Sunday found support for Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party at 41 per cent, with the Tories on 36 per cent - potentially producing a minority Labour government.

"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".

Opponents of Brexit fear it will make Britain poorer, less open and divide the West as it faces the rise of China and growing assertiveness of Russian Federation.

The option that came closest to getting a majority was a proposal to keep Britain in a customs union with the EU, which was defeated by three votes. That proposal was supported by 184 lawmakers and opposed by 293.

Mrs May said there would be “grave” implications and in a hint at a general election warned they were “reaching the limits of this process in this House”
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Marshall Gittler, a strategist at ACLS Global, said he considered a no-deal Brexit "as a higher possibility, even though it's officially been ruled out, simply because I don't see any of the other endings as particularly possible".

Reports said she was readying herself for a fourth time to put her deal to MPs after they rejected it last Friday.

The votes by MPs are not legally binding but carry political weight, and the government fears they may lead to legislation that would force May's hand.

Earlier in the day the pound had risen as investors hoped the Government might back a soft Brexit, maintaining close ties to Brussels.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr show yesterday he said: "In the environment where we have left without a deal where we will have imposed direct rule, which we would need to do and where we were heading towards a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, I think that puts it in some doubt - the future of Northern Ireland's place in the United Kingdom".

This is a breaking news story and is constantly being updated. But the Conservatives are anxious that could hand power to the opposition Labour party. Slack said the prime minister "believes there is a majority in the House for leaving in an orderly way with a deal", and her agreement was the best on offer.

"This is a subject that brings out strong emotions in MPs on all sides of the debate, I think what is important is that everybody in government continues to work towards the goal of delivering on the referendum verdict". The EU is frustrated with the impasse, and has said it will only grant another postponement if Britain comes up with a whole new Brexit plan.

The chief executive of industrial manufacturer Siemens U.K. implored British lawmakers to unite around a compromise Brexit deal, saying the country's political chaos was making the U.K. a "laughing stock".

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