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UK in Limbo as MPs Reject Rehashed Deal

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BRUSSELS, Dec. 14, 2017 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the EU headquarters for an EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 14, 2017. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS) by .
British Prime Minister Theresa May

Mrs May said  MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave without a deal on 29 March and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed. She said Tory MPs will get a free vote on a no-deal Brexit. That means they can vote with their conscience rather than following the orders of party managers

BRUSSELS, Dec. 14, 2017 (Xinhua) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at the EU headquarters for an EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium, Dec. 14, 2017. (Xinhua/Ye Pingfan/IANS) by .
British Prime Minister Theresa May

The fate of British economy in limbo as MPs reject Prime Minister Theresa May’s rehashed EU withdrawal deal. MPs voted down her deal by 391 to 242.

Mrs May said  MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave without a deal on 29 March and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed. She said Tory MPs will get a free vote on a no-deal Brexit. That means they can vote with their conscience rather than following the orders of party managers, BBC reported.

If the Commons declines to approve a no-deal Brexit in a vote on Wednesday, a vote on extending Article 50, the legal mechanism taking the UK out of the EU on 29 March, will take place on Thursday, said Mrs May.

“This is an issue of grave importance for the future of our country,” said Mrs May. “Just like the referendum there are strongly held and equally legitimate views on both sides. For that reason, I can confirm that this will be a free vote on this side of the House.”

She said that the choices facing the UK were “unenviable”, but because of the rejection of her deal, “they are choices that must be faced”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the prime minister should now call a general election.

Some 75 Conservative MPs voted against the PM’s deal, compared with 118 who voted against it in January.

The Democratic Unionist Party’s 10 MPs also voted against the deal, as did the Labour Party, SNP and other opposition parties.

Three Labour MPs – Kevin Barron, Caroline Flint and John Mann – voted for the prime minister’s deal.