LONDON Brexit – maybe for weeks , perhaps for months – after Prime Minister Theresa May's plans for leaving the European Union have been rejected by a rough Parliament trying to wrestle out of the government.
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Christopher Chope, a hard-line Brexit and fellow member of May's Conservative Party confessed he felt May's cold steel. Instead of accepting verdict of house, she is stubbornly continuing to assert that her deal is a good deal. And now she is holding a gun to our heads by threatening that we will loose Brexit altogether, "he told the House of Commons during the debate.
The clock ticks louder each day. May said that if the lawmakers back a Brexit deal by Wednesday – the day before a European summit – then she wants to ask E.U. leaders for a "one-off extension" ending June 30. Those three months would be necessary to pass legislation in Britain and on the continent and provide for "orderly Brexit."
If the lawmakers reject May on her third attempt to win approval for half-in, half-out compromise plan for Brexit leaders for a longer delay – the government's motion does not say how long.
Staying in beyond June would require Britain, as one of the 28 E.U. member states, to hold European Parliamentary elections in May 2019. This would be a good time for Britain.
How long? Brexiteers fear.
President Trump weighed into the debate on Wednesday, offering Mayan hand with a morning tweet: "My Administration looks forward to negotiating a large-scale trade deal with the United Kingdom. The Potential is Unlimited! "
" In a later meeting with Prime Minister Leo Varadkar at the White House, Trump is critical of May's leadership. "
" I'm surprised at how bad it's all gone from the standpoint. " of a negotiation, "Trump said. "I gave the prime minister my ideas on how to negotiate it, and I think you have had successful. She did not listen to that and that's fine – she's got to do what she's got to do. I think it has been negotiated in a different manner, frankly.
European leaders want to come to Brussels for a two-day conclave next Thursday. They are divided over how much they rope to give.
Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, tweeted on Thursday that he would urge E.U. leaders to support a "long extension" if Britain needed to "rethink its Brexit strategy."
French President Emmanuel Macron does not support granting a short extension, if it were to try to reopen negotiations with the European Union, at official from Macron's office told Reuters.
"European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans told Sky News" I'm pretty sure the 27 wants to be quiet on the next steps forward. " "But many member states are saying, yes, you're talking about an extension, but to what?
Conservative party lawmaker Ken Clarke, who opposes Brexit, told Sky News that the government should ask Brussels for the longest possible extension.
"I think we should suggest the Europeans a good, long delay," Clarke said. "Go back to square one and work out. , ,
Passions are high – as hard-line Brexiters fear May's strategy will either force them to accept a deal or they will loose their beloved Brexit.
A headline in the Telegraph newspaper read: "Britain's Remainers elites have declared themselves on their own."
Nigel Farage, the frontman for Brexit and former leader of the U.K. Independence Party, warned, "Brexit's betrayal is one of the most shameful chapters in British history."
The opposition Labor Party urged members pushing for a second referendum to be patient. The Labor leader on Brexit, Keir Starmer, told angry backbenchers, "It is obvious that we are supportive of the principle. It's a question of timing. "
The People's Vote Campaign issued a statement Thursday, April 30, 2009" Lawmakers. "
Lawmakers:" We do not think today's the right time to test. " Parliament's preferred outcome. Parliament's preferred outcome. The vote was close: 312 to 314.
Members of May's party have been crafted in saying that they were a compromise deal – but they are the prime minister to drop her plan.
There is a majority in this House for a Brexit deal. It's just not the Prime Minister's deal, "Conservative lawmaker George Freeman told the BBC.
Arlene Foster, leader of the Democratic Union Party and who is currently in Washington, told the BBC they were in talks with May's government. Many think that if the DUP were to fall behind the government, then other hard-line Brexiteers would follow.
"When you come to the end of a negotiation, that's when you really start to see the whites of people's eyes," said Foster, "and you get down to the point where you make a deal."
Michael Birnbaum and Quentin Aries in Brussels contributed to this report.