UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The House of Commons of the Parliament of Great Britain voted to postpone the process of the country’s withdrawal from the European Union and against holding a second referendum on EU membership.
In favor of the decision to extend the terms of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, 412 deputies voted, 202 opposed. This proposal implies the postponement of Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, which the UK applied on March 29, 2017, from March 29 to June 30, 2019. This decision will be approved by the House of Commons if the agreement on leaving the EU is approved before March 20, 2019.
In another vote by 334 votes “with 85 votes in favor”, the proposal to hold a second referendum on UK membership in the EU was rejected.
Past voting in the House of Commons is not a guarantee of granting a postponement to Britain in the process of leaving the EU: this will require new negotiations between Prime Minister Theresa May and the EU leadership.
The heads of the EU countries, as well as representatives of the European Commission, previously allowed for the possibility of postponing the exit of Britain, but only for a short time.
The stalemate for the UK authorities is that they cannot agree on an acceptable option of an exit from the EU and at the same time cannot refuse to leave the EU.
The reason for the impossibility of refusing to leave the EU at this stage is not so much the need to implement the decision of the 2016 referendum – various politicians and businessmen continue to come up with proposals for outright sabotage of its results and a new plebiscite, as the British authorities are reluctant to continue to pay contributions to the EU budget and implement migration agreements within the European Union, in particular in terms of quotas for accepting migrants.
The inability of the government and the parliament to approve the draft agreement previously approved in the negotiations between Teresa May and the EU authorities increases the likelihood of withdrawal from the EU without any agreement. Earlier, the EU’s main negotiator, Michel Barnier, said that a British exit without an agreement could happen “unintentionally.”
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