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Brexit: No exit yet

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The United Kingdom (UK) is in the throes of a comprehensive political crisis over Brexit. Prime Minister Theresa May’s agreement with European Union (EU) for the country’s departure from the Union was roundly rejected by Parliament for the second time on March 12 by a margin of 149 votes. The next day Parliament also voted that the UK should not leave the Union without a deal. This means that its scheduled departure from the EU is now likely to be delayed but there is simply no clarity beyond that. As the term the UK often causes confusion it is prudent to mention that it denotes England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island as a totality; the first three together are generally called Britain.

May warned Parliament, after the defeat of the deal on March 12, that if it wants an extension of the departure date from the EU “what use we want to make of such an extension. The House will have to answer that question. Does it wish to revoke Article 50? [ As that article of the EU charter allows a member-country to leave it what May asked was if Parliament wanted to override the 2016 referendum result.] Does it want to hold a second referendum? Or does it want to leave with a deal but not this deal? These are unenviable choices, but thanks to the decision that this House has made this evening they must now be........

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