Brexit talks “deadlocked” ahead of crunch vote

Mar 11, 2019, 6:29 AM EDT
British PM Theresa May could be heading for another humiliating loss over her Brexit deal.
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The negotiations between British Prime Minister Theresa May and the European Union over the contentious Irish backstop arrangement broke down over the weekend, leaving the two sides “deadlocked” as British lawmakers brace for a crucial vote on Brexit.

May’s failure to extract the E.U. concessions that could placate the lawmakers and build a consensus on Tuesday vote threatens an even more humiliating defeat for the leader, who suffered a historic loss by a majority of 230 votes the last time MPs voted on her Brexit deal, notes The Guardian.

As the clock ticks on the March 29 deadline — the official date for Brexit — the U.K. stares at an uncertain future with a wide array of options, including a delay, a last-minute deal, no-deal Brexit, a snap election, or even another referendum, writes Reuters.

If the MPs reject May’s divorce deal on Tuesday, the House of Commons will vote on Wednesday over leaving without a deal, and if this too fails to yield an agreement, the House will later vote on delaying the Brexit.