British MPs overwhelmingly support Brexit delay, vote against second referendum

Postado Março 15, 2019

Britain's Parliament voted on Thursday to seek a delay of the country's departure from the European Union, a move that will likely avert a chaotic withdrawal on the scheduled exit date of March 29.

A handful of worldwide channels operators, including Discovery and NBCUniversal, have begun shifting their European licenses out of Britain to other countries, such as Germany and the Netherlands, to ensure that the permits will still be valid throughout the rest of Europe after Brexit. European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted Thursday he will appeal to the leaders of the other 27 EU nations "to be open to a long extension if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus about it".

Few opposition lawmakers backed the measure and even campaigners for a "People's Vote" said the time was not yet right for parliament to vote on it.

Mrs May's spokesman said the government was still making preparations in the event of a no-deal divorce.

Lawmaker Andrew Bridgen accused her of pursuing a "scorched earth" policy of destroying all other Brexit options to leave lawmakers with a choice between her deal and a long delay.

May's spokesman said earlier on Thursday that she would put that deal, struck after two-and-a-half years of talks with the European Union, to another vote "if it was felt that it were worthwhile". She is seeking to win over opponents in her own party and its Northern Irish political ally, the Democratic Unionist Party. May has ruled that out, but could come to see it as her only option. Officials and national leaders in the bloc are exasperated at the events in London.

For the business community, including the entertainment industry, Thursday's vote does not change their immediate status but prolongs the uncertainty they have faced over the past three years, since the 2016 referendum in which a slim majority of British voters chose to pull their country out of the European Union.

"Under no circumstances an extension in the dark!" Trump, who sees himself as a deal-maker, said he gave May advice but she didn't listen to him.

After a highly volatile week for the pound during which it hit a nine-month high, rising from below US$1.30 to a high of nearly US$1.34 as investors bet Britain would avoid a no-deal Brexit, a Reuters report said.

Trump's comments were made as he welcomed Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar to the White House for an early St Patrick's Day celebration.

The bloc is more open to a long delay to allow Britain to radically change course an idea favored by pro-EU British lawmakers who want to maintain close ties with the EU.

The longer extension will mean that Britain must also participate in the upcoming European Parliament elections.

European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted that he will appeal to EU leaders "to be open to a long extension if the United Kingdom finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus about it".