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MPs vote to delay Brexit after May's failure to win support for her deal

MPs voted to delay Brexit this afternoon after another day’s worth of Brexit debates (House of Commons)

MPs have voted to delay Brexit for at least three months after the House of Commons rejected Theresa May’s deal again this week.

Parliament voted decisively for a delay by 412 votes to 202. 

Mrs May will now go to the EU to request an extension to the Brexit deadline.

The Prime Minister will hold another ‘meaningful vote’ on her Withdrawal Agreement early next week.

If the deal is voted through by 20 March, she will seek a one-off extension from the EU until June 30 to allow time for the necessary legislation to be passed.

But if her deal is voted down again, a longer extension involving the UK’s participation in EU elections could happen.

Tonight MPs also voted to reject a second Brexit referendum by a margin of 334 votes to 85 after Labour backed out of supporting a so-called ‘People’s Vote’.

Jeremy Corbyn tabled an amendment this evening to try and change the Government’s Brexit strategy (Reuters)

The PM also narrowly dodged a move to seize control of the Brexit process, as MPs rejected an attempt to force a series of votes to find an alternative approach to Brexit by a wafer-thin margin of just two votes.

Before tonight’s votes in the Commons the EU made it clear it will require a ‘clear purpose’ before granting an extension to Brexit.

European Officials confirmed they areconsidering a a lengthy delay to Brexit of up to 21 months.

This raises the spectre of a vote next week where MPs will essentially be choosing between the Prime Minister’s deal and pushing Brexit back until 2021.

The vote caps off a tumultuous week in the House of Commons that saw MPs reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal by 149 votes.

Parliament also voiced strong opposition to a no-deal Brexit under any circumstances during a night of drama that saw four ministers rebel against their own Government’s instructions.

Earlier today Donald Trump launched a shock intervention into Brexit, criticising Theresa May for not following his negotiating advice.

Donald Trump meets  Irish premier Leo Varadkar in the Oval Office (AP Photo)

He said: “I’m surprised at how badly it’s all gone from the standpoint of a negotiation. I gave the Prime Minister my ideas on how to negotiate it and I think you would have been successful.

“She didn’t listen to that and that’s fine – she’s got to do what she’s got to do.

“I think it could have been negotiated in a different manner, frankly. I hate to see everything being ripped apart now.”