Podcast: How badly will Brexit end for the UK?

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The government then let MPs vote on whether or not they wanted to leave the European Union without a deal (they didn't), followed by a further vote asking them if they wanted to extend Article 50, which facilitates the departure process, until the summer ( they did).

And North Wiltshire MP James Gray appealed to fellow members of the Brexiteer European Research Group (ERG) to get the "obnoxious" deal over the line because it was "the only way we can achieve anything which even vaguely resembles the Brexit that 17.4 million people voted for". She will need to convince Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party, as well as members of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), the small Northern Irish party that props up her minority government in Parliament, to back her deal ahead of next week's vote if a short delay is to be tabled.

Well, there's a phrase that won't come as any surprise to anyone who's been paying attention - UK MPs are totally intent on trashing the will of the people and reversing Brexit. May had to rely on Labour and other opposition votes to get it through.

The past week's votes have exposed divisions in the UK's two largest parties.

British MPs on Thursday voted massively against delaying leaving the European Union in order to hold a second Brexit referendum, dealing a major blow to pro-European campaigners urging a fresh public vote.

"No extension should be granted beyond July 1 unless the European Parliament elections are held at the mandatory date", the paper said, as quoted by the Financial Times.

May has said she will hold another vote next week on her deal, although lawmakers have already rejected it twice.

But European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator Guy Verhofstadt questioned why the leaders of the 27 should grant an extension if Mrs May was "not ready for a cross-party approach to break the current deadlock" in the Commons.

Fishing boats take part in a demonstration against the terms of the current Mrs May's Brexit deal
Fishing boats take part in a demonstration against the terms of the current Mrs May’s Brexit deal

Downing Street said this was a "natural consequence" of Mrs.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss tweeted: "I voted against a delay to Brexit".

The ebbing trust within her own party is matched by the mood in Brussels, where, according to the leaked notes, one diplomat said at the Friday meeting: "The clear feeling is that there is a complete lack of confidence in the British prime minister to deliver on this deal".

Mrs May's deal could go back for a third meaningful vote before the House of Commons early next week.

Instead, leaders want May to set out a road map for the coming months, such as a schedule for votes in Parliament to work out a U.K. Brexit policy that can win majority support.

They would use the time to debate a Brexit motion that could lead to Parliament holding a series of indicative votes on different Brexit options. In principle, Labour supports the idea of a second referendum, but asked its MPs to abstain.

But at the end of the day, I think we can now be assured that this government, aided and abetted by parliament, will keep grinding democracy down and hollowing out the United Kingdom, until they are told to stop, either by a judge or by the people. But 17 Labour MPs defied party orders and voted to oppose another referendum - while 24 Labour MPs rebelled to vote in favor of one.

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