09:00 GMT28 February 2021
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    UK lawmakers have rejected all four alternative Brexit options in the second round of the indicative votes. Earlier, the European Union gave the United Kingdom until 12 April to decide upon alternative withdrawal arrangements, or leave without a deal.

    British Prime Minister Theresa May will be chairing a crucial meeting of senior ministers on Tuesday to seek a way out of the Brexit deadlock as the EU warns a no-deal departure is growing more likely by the day.

    On Monday night, in a series of four indicative votes, MPs failed to find a majority on any alternative to Mrs May's divorce deal, an agreement they have already rejected three times.

    The farcical political situation has caused a riot over memes and jokes on Twitter in particular in the last few days.

    ​Brussels has set Britain an April 12 deadline to pass the agreement, come up with an alternative or crash out of the EU.

    ​"If the UK still wants to leave the EU in an orderly manner, this agreement, this treaty is and will be the only one," the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Tuesday.

    ​The EU has called an emergency summit for April 10 to agree on the next steps.

    ​Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay suggested the government would try to bring Mrs May's deal back for a fourth vote this week, despite no suggestions it would be passed.

    ​Britain voted by 52 percent to 48 percent to leave the EU in a 2016 referendum but the deal Mrs May's government negotiated has been repeatedly rejected by Parliament.

    ​The deadlock has caused several Remainers to quit both the Conservative and Labour Party to join a new group, called Change UK.

    ​On Monday night another Remainer, Nick Boles, whose Cambridgeshire constituency is solidly pro-Brexit, quit the Conservative Party.

    "I have given everything to an attempt to find a compromise. I have failed chiefly because my party refuses to compromise. I regret therefore to announce I can no longer sit for this party," Mr Boles said.

    ​But he cannot be forced to give up his seat and will sit as an independent.


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