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    UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday pledged to resign if the Conservative lawmakers back her twice-rejected deal on the divorce from the European Union in a third vote.

    The UK House of Commons is voting on alternative Brexit plans, the eight motions for indicative votes. They include Motion B in favor of a no-deal Brexit on 12 April, Amendment D that urges for a Common market 2.0 with the European Union, which would entail membership of the single market and a customs arrangement.

    READ MORE: Will Theresa May Resign Amid Brexit Deadlock?

    The UK prime minister has said that she was aware that her party did not want her to lead the next phase of Brexit talks, vowing that she "won't stand in the way of that". Last week, the Sunday Times reported that at least 11 UK cabinet ministers had been plotting to force May to step down over her handling of the Brexit process.

    House of Commons Speaker John Bercow blocked a third vote on May's beleaguered Brexit deal earlier this month after two defeats in parliament. The prime minister must now must win over dozens of Conservative Party lawmakers before a third vote can take place. As her concession was announced on Wednesday, reports emerged that some 40 Conservatives, including arch-Brexiteer Boris Johnson, could switch to backing the deal.

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      UK Lawmaker Who Led Move for MPs to Seize Brexit Says He Is Disappointed - Reports

      The lawmaker who led a move for parliament to vote on Brexit alternatives said on Wednesday he was disappointed lawmakers had failed to find a majority on a way forward to break the impasse over Britain's departure from the European Union, Reuters reported. Oliver Letwin, a Conservative, said there was another opportunity on Monday for parliament to find a majority for a way forward but also said he hoped lawmakers would pass Prime Minister Theresa May's deal before the end of Friday, according to Reuters.

    • 00:59

      UK Parliament Vote Outcome Shows PM May's Deal Is Best - Brexit Minister

      Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said that the fact that none of the alternative Brexit options voted on by British lawmakers on Wednesday won the support of a majority shows that Prime Minister Theresa May's deal is the best option, according to Reuters.

    • 00:44

      UK Lawmakers Reject All Indicative Brexit Options

      UK lawmakers rejected all eight alternative Brexit options, including the one envisioning the UK withdrawal from the European Union without a deal on 12 April. The no-deal scenario was defeated in a 160-400 vote in an indicative vote late on Wednesday.

      Other Brexit options, also rejected by the parliamentarians, include the United Kingdom's continued participation in the EU single market; forming an EU-UK free trade area; establishing a customs union; establishing more close trade relations, including a customs union and alignment with the EU single market; revoking Brexit; carrying out a public vote on the Brexit deal before its ratification by the lawmakers; and agreeing on special trade arrangements.

      Notably, the customs union option has gained the largest support with 264 lawmakers voting for it and 272 parliamentarians opposing the scenario.

    • 00:43

      UK Parliament Votes Down Motion B

      The UK Lawmakers voted Wednesday against the motion B, which calls for Britain to leave the European Union without a Brexit deal on 12 April.

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      UK Lawmakers Vote on 8 Indicative Brexit Options

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      UK Lawmakers Approve Secondary Legislation to Delay Brexit

      The UK lawmakers overwhelmingly voted Wednesday to approve the changing of the Brexit legal date to 12 April.

    • 00:07

      Northern Irish DUP Says Won't Support UK PM's Brexit Deal - Reports

      The Northern Irish party which props up Prime Minister Theresa May's government said on Wednesday it would not support her Brexit divorce deal, Reuters reported. DUP leader Arlene Foster told Sky she could not sign up to something that would damage the Union. In a separate statement, the DUP said: "We will not be supporting the government if they table a fresh meaningful vote".


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