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    UK House of Commons Passes Bill Aimed at Making Gov't Request Brexit Delay

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    LONDON (Sputnik) - The UK House of Commons in a 313-312 vote passed the legislation, seeking to instruct the government of Prime Minister Theresa May to request the European Union the extension of the Brexit deadline and ruling out the no-deal UK withdrawal from the bloc on April 12.

    The so-called Cooper bill was introduced by a group led by Labour parliamentarian Yvette Cooper and Conservative lawmaker Oliver Letwin.

    The draft law states that May should suggest a new Brexit deadline and agree it with Brussels. The legislation now passes to the House of Lords.

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    Previously, a series of indicative votes has been held in the UK parliament to see whether there is a majority for an alternative Brexit plan, but no motion has secured the needed support. UK lawmakers tied in a vote on a plan to hold more indicative votes on Brexit options, with 310 MPs voting against and 310 for. According to the Parliament's rules, the speaker of the House has tie-breaking power. Speaker John Bercow cast his vote with the noes.


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