PM to ask EU for Brexit delay after MPs vote for extension

Theresa May will ask EU leaders for an extension on the UK's exit date from the EU - currently set as March 29.

Brexit is likely to be delayed until June 30 if MPs can agree a deal, however the date could extend beyond this if parliament continues to be unable to find a compromise.

MPs voted 412 to 202 in favour of asking for an extension to solve the crisis after Theresa May suffered a series of embarassing defeats earlier in the week.

An amendment by Labour MP Hilary Benn which sought to take control of the parliamentary process out of the government's hands was defeated by only two votes.

A controversial amendment which sought to seek a delay for a second referendum was resoundingly rejected 334 to 85, with the official People's Vote campaign advising it's MP supporters to vote against and Labour asking MPs to abstain.

Thursday's votes came after a series of humilating defeats for the Prime Minister, starting on Tuesday when her deal was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs. 

Only 112 Tory MPs voted with the government tonight, with the majority voting against the PM, including some ministers, so tonights technical win for May will be of little comforted to the isolated Prime Minister. 

Eight cabinet ministers voted against the extension, including Brexit secretary Steve Barclay who confusingly closed the debate by speaking in favour of the motion. 

Julian Smith, the man charged with ensuring Tory MPs vote in the government's preferred way, himself abstained on the government motion. 

Responding to the vote, Jeremy Corbyn said he would be working with shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer to engage MP across the house to seek a solution. 

"That means doing what the Prime Minister failed to do two years ago: searching for a consensus on the way forward. Labour has set out a credible alternative plan. 

"Members across the House are coming forward with proposals. Whether that is a permanent customs union, a public vote, Norway-plus or other ideas, let us as a House of Commons work to find a solution to deal with the crisis facing this country and the deep concerns that many people have for their livelihoods, their lives, their future, their jobs, their communities and their factories," he said 

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