MPs overwhelmingly reject second Brexit referendum

British lawmakers voted on Thursday night to allow the government to seek a delay for Britain's departure from the European Union. but the Conservative Party is still severely split

We also saw MPs rule out having a second referendum, though this was largely because the People's Vote campaign actually asked MPs not to agree to one right now, thinking that it may be better to do so later on.

Next week, May will be hoping that the threat of a longer delay to Brexit will convince Conservative rebels to finally back her revised withdrawal agreement. Listen to the full conversation here.

And the Liberal Democrat soon-not-to-be leader, Vince Cable, said that if Theresa May's deal was rejected yet again this week, then parliament could end up cancelling Brexit.

The vote was defeated by a margin of 334 votes to 85, meaning it would not have passed even if Labour MPs who abstained had supported it.

EU Council President Donald Tusk, who coordinates the strategy of European leaders, said in a Twitter post Thursday that he wants government chiefs to be open to a "long extension" if Britain decides to "rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it". He said: "Today I reiterate my conviction that a deal can be agreed based on our alternative plan that can command support across the House".

Some have expressed fear that the country's 33.5 billion-euro ($38 billion) tourism industry could suffer if Britain departs from the EU. A Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill would then need to pass through the Commons before the extended summer deadline. The vote of 413 in favor versus 202 against provided a clear majority of 211 for the government, a move that may avert the expected chaos that a "no deal" scenario would pose.

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Professor Iain Begg, of the European Institute and co-director of the Dahrendorf Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said: "EU agreement is likely, but the EU side will want reassurance that the extension is for a goal, not just to permit further procrastination by the UK".

First up is that hugely controversial and fascinating vote on whether to back a second referendum.

Talks are continuing with the Democratic Unionist Party, which said there were "still issues to be discussed" with ministers about the deal and the contentious Irish backstop measures.

Then, on Thursday, the Commons voted by 413 to 202 to seek an extension to Article 50 - the legal mechanism by which the United Kingdom is due to leave the EU.

EU leaders have hinted they could support a longer delay only if Britain were to drop its red lines, particularly its insistence on leaving the EU customs union so as to pursue an independent trade policy.

Mr Lockey pointed out that this margin was much smaller than the 4% margin of victory during the European Union referendum, which he said is now being discredited.

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