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    The UK Parliament on Friday rejected for the third time Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit withdrawal agreement seeking to outline the nation's exit from the European bloc.

    Speculation about a possible snap election has reportedly increased following May's three failed attempts to get parliament to back the Brexit deal she agreed with other EU leaders.

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    The Observer newspaper said that lawmakers from May's Conservative Party are threatening to vote down any attempt she makes to call a snap national election in the face of the country's Brexit impasse. Those politicians from across a party already divided over Brexit have warned that a push for an early election will further split the Conservatives and exacerbate the Brexit stalemate, according to the Observer.

    Meanwhile, advisors to May are divided over whether she should call a snap election if she fails to win support for her Brexit deal from parliament in the coming week, The Mail on Sunday newspaper said.

    "Some Number 10 advisers are pushing for the run-off (between May's Brexit deal and alternatives) to come as early as Tuesday, meaning an election could conceivably be called as early as Wednesday", The Mail on Sunday, without citing sources.

    Moreover, a British government minister plans to back a plan for a customs union with the European Union when parliament votes on Monday on alternatives to Theresa May's Brexit plan, the ITV reported.

    EU Commission Vice-President Frans Timmermans suggested earlier in March that the United Kingdom could continue to be a member of the EU Customs Union after Brexit.

    Currently, the United Kingdom, conforming to its own Brexit deadline extension agreement with the European Union, must by 12 April either propose an alternative deal or exit the bloc without a deal. The UK government will now scramble to either draft a new deal to present to the European Council on 10 April or face the economic repercussions of leaving the bloc without a deal. On Saturday, over one million people marched in London to demand a second referendum

    London could still revoke Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, which the UK used to proclaim its intent to exit the EU two years ago.

    Meanwhile, European Council President Donald Tusk has called an 10 April meeting of the heads of state and government to discuss possible Brexit scenarios.

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