The deeply divided British Parliament can only seem to agree on one thing: It doesn’t want the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without a deal.
The UK Parliament rejected a “no deal” Brexit on Wednesday. This was part of a series of votes that Prime Minister Theresa May promised would take place this week, and it followed another humiliating defeat of her Brexit deal in Parliament on Tuesday.
The outcome of this no-deal vote played out as expected, though the process was somewhat strange. Members of Parliament introduced and approved an amendment to May’s motion (which specifically ruled out a no-deal exit on March 29) to eliminate a no-deal Brexit altogether. That amended motion ultimately prevailed, 321 to 278.
But this vote solves absolutely nothing when it comes to finding a solution to Brexit. It instead leaves the UK in pretty much the same position it’s been in for months: with a desire to exit the European Union with some sort of deal, but with no apparent majority for the compromise agreement May painstakingly negotiated with EU leaders.
Wednesday’s vote also doesn’t necessarily avert a no-deal Brexit. A no-deal Brexit is the default position of the Article 50 process, the provision of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty that the UK is using to exit the bloc. The only ways for the UK to avoid a no-deal exit are by approving an agreement with the EU or canceling Brexit altogether.
Parliament will have another chance to direct the Brexit process this week, with one more vote on Thursday — this one on whether to ask the EU for a short extension to the Brexit deadline. Postponing Brexit beyond March 29 requires the approval of all 27 EU member states, and they will likely require the UK to give them a specific reason for the delay. The EU has been firm that a reason can’t be more negotiations.
May recognizes this, so she put out a very specific motion: She will ask the EU for a short extension, until June 30, if Parliament passes her Brexit deal by March 20. Yes, that’s right: There will likely be a third vote on May’s Brexit plan next week, nine days before the deadline.
This adds another twist to the Brexit saga, as May is essentially using this extension vote to try one last time to force Parliament to back her deal. Parliament has said it doesn’t want to break up with the European Union without a deal. But that’s about all it can agree on right now.
What Parliament just voted on, and what comes next
What happened in Parliament Wednesday was a bit weird — even for the Brexit era. May had initially promised a vote on whether the UK wanted to reject the option of leaving the EU without a deal on March 29. This proposal was largely expected to pass.
But members of Parliament introduced an amendment that would reject a no-deal Brexit forever and always. That amendment passed narrowly, 312 to 308, and effectively replaced May’s original motion. So what did the prime minister do? Well, she decided to whip her party to vote against ruling out a no-deal exit.
This gambit failed, and Parliament ultimately rejected a no-deal Brexit by a final vote of 321-278.
If that all sounds confusing and strange, you’re not alone. Here’s a sample of the reaction to what went down from the British press:
Literally none of it means anything. it is a shower of shite.
— Ian Dunt (@IanDunt) March 13, 2019
This drama matters because it indicates just how weak May is and reveals the disarray within her own government.
When it comes to the Brexit process, what you need to know is that Parliament has said, pretty clearly, that it doesn’t want to leave the EU without a deal. But as I mentioned above, the only way to fulfill that is for the EU and UK to both approve an agreement or for the UK to cancel Brexit.
Thursday’s vote, which is next on the docket, will be on whether to extend the Brexit deadline. This initially seemed likely to pass, as it would give all factions in Parliament more time to try to pursue a different agenda — from a second referendum to new elections to a softer style of Brexit.
But May complicated all that in a defiant statement after the vote on Wednesday. She said that she would seek a short-term extension until June 30 from the EU if Parliament approved her deal by March 20. This would give the UK time to implement all the legislation necessary to leave the EU.
This means May will almost certainly be putting her Brexit deal up for another vote next week, just nine days before the March 29 deadline. She warned members of Parliament that the EU would likely only accept an extension if a deal was in place, and if they rejected her deal a third time, she would have to seek a longer extension — which means the UK would be legally obligated to participate in the European Parliamentary elections between May 23 and 26.
May is correct on at least one point: EU leaders had previously been reluctant to grant the UK an extension unless a legitimate reason existed. And they’ve also indicated that any extension would have to happen before the European elections.
The EU appeared to be holding firm to that as of Wednesday. According to BuzzFeed, EU leaders have offered three scenarios in which they would likely allow a Brexit postponement. The first is to let the UK better prepare for a no-deal exit — the very same one Parliament just voted against. The EU might also grant an extension to give the UK more time to ratify a withdrawal agreement, which mirrors May’s plan for a third vote. Finally, EU leaders would soften the deadline to allow for political changes in the UK, specifically general elections that might mean new leadership or a second referendum to put the Brexit question back to the people.
The EU would likely make a final decision on any delay at the European Council summit starting March 21 — the day after what’s shaping up to be the third “meaningful vote” in Parliament on a Brexit deal.
The third time might be the charm for May’s deal — especially if Brexiteers in her Conservative Party aren’t willing to risk a prolonged Brexit deadline extension. But a deficit of 150 votes is hard to make up.
Extension or no extension, the future of Brexit remains unclear. Or as May told Parliament on Wednesday: If you don’t like my deal, and you don’t want to leave without a deal, then Parliament “needs to face up to the consequences of the decisions it has taken.”
16 Striking Photos That Can Touch Your Heart
Photos keep our memories safe and every time we look at them we can immerse ourselves in the moments that have been captured in them. They can also help us to understand what’s really important in this world. And it doesn’t matter whether these photos are from your personal album or belong to somebody else. Their messages, feelings, and emotions can be perceived in one glance.
Here at Bright Side, we believe that the following photos will really touch your heart.
This couple has battled leukemia for 15 years since they were children. Now they’re husband and wife.
This fireman gave a cat that got hurt in a fire mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and saved it.
“My dad, who has dementia, trying to remember my name”
His owner passed away but the dog continues to sit near his bed and wait.
This is what depression looks like over 24 hours.
Have you ever seen a blind dog enjoying the sounds of a lake?
An Iranian girl cheers for her favorite football team from behind the fence since Iranian women aren’t allowed into stadiums.
“My mom painted dementia.”
When all you have is memories:
The 3 social classes in The Philippines in one photo
“My buddy, a glass blowing artist, used my dad’s ashes to make a keepsake marble I can take with me anywhere.”
“She gave me the best 11 years of her life and I can only hope that I was able to do the same thing for her.”
“A year ago, my little sister left this world. This weekend her heart recipient met my mom and shared her heart beat.”
“The moment your dog comes out of the fire you thought he died in”
“3 months ago we were told our newborn was blind. 2 weeks ago we found out the doctors were wrong. Today, she got her glasses.”
“I’m just so proud of you!”
Today my daughter graduated from pre-K. After the ceremony, my son walked up to her and gave her a hug. “I’m just so proud of you,” he said. Then, of course, my daughter started crying. As we wiped away our tears, my husband asked her, “Pumpkin, why are you crying?” She responded, “I’m just so happy.”
Each photo has its own story. Which of them touched you the most?
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Mehmet Fatih Maçoğlu’nun belediye başkanı olduğu Tunceli Belediyesi Meclisi, ‘Tunceli’ yazan belediye tabelasının ‘Dersim’ olarak değiştirilmesine karar verdi. Bu karar sonrası Maçoğlu, sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
Tunceli Belediye Başkanı TKP’li Fatih Mehmet Maçoğlu başkanlığında belediye meclis üyeleri toplantısında alınan kararla Tunceli Belediyesi tabelasının ‘Dersim Belediyesi’ olarak değiştirilmesi kararı alındı. Karar tartışma yaratırken ‘DersimdeğilTunceli’ etiketi sosyal medyada Trend Topic oldu.
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Belediyeden yapılan açıklamada Dersim ibaresiyle birlikte Zazaca ve Türkçe beleriye hizmetleri verileceği duyuruldu. Açıklamada şöyle denildi: “Kentimizin kültürü, tarihi ve inanç biçimini yaşatmak adına belediyemiz hizmet binasında bulunan tabelada yazılı ‘Tunceli’ ibaresinin değiştirilerek yerine ‘Dersim’ ibaresinin yazılması oy çokluğuyla kabul edildi. Haber
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15 Random People Who Look So Much Like Celebrities, You May Want to Take a Photo With Them
It’s not an easy goal to meet a real celebrity in our everyday life. Sometimes they are too busy with their activities or simply prefer to avoid public places. But when you see one right in front of you, don’t be too quick to jump over the moon and ask for a photo. Try to check their IDs first, because we are ready to show you that there are too many ordinary people who look just like stars and who probably wouldn’t miss a chance to pose and giggle afterward.
We at Bright Side compared photos of celebrities to their clones to demonstrate that this isn’t a joke. IDs first, photos after.
15. Kylie Jenner and Kristen Hancher, but which is which?
14. “My dad actually does Jack Nicholson lookalike work in Hollywood as a hobby.”
13. Breaking news! It seems Kim Kardashian has cloned herself.
12. “This fella lives in my house. I think James Franco and he follow each other on Instagram.”
11. “My sister always gets asked if she’s Julia Stiles.”
10. Nope, those aren’t just 2 pictures of Steve Buscemi!
9. Here’s chance for those who are upset that Michael Fassbender is married.
8. We’re just interested to see if Meghan Trainor’s double has the same talents.
7. We know this is pretty unexpected for Taylor Lautner, but we can’t unsee it.
6. This girl claims that she gets compared to Katy Perry daily.
5. When Chuck Norris is on vacation.
4. “Never mind, I’ll find someone like Adele.”
3. If Cobie Smulders doesn’t want to shoot How I Met Your Mother 10, there’s a perfect replacement out there.
2. Wait, so you’re saying that isn’t Zooey Deschanel on the right?
1. Even Zach Galifianakis and Jonah Hill can see this resemblance.
Do you have any friends who look exactly like movie stars? Show us their photos!
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