Third Brexit vote blocked; May weighs next move

Mar 19, 2019, 6:14 AM EDT
British PM Theresa May is due to attend an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday.
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British Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to reintroduce her Brexit deal for a third meaningful vote in the House of Commons was thwarted after Speaker John Bercow blocked her from doing so until the deal undergoes substantial revision.

Bercow “blindsided” May’s government, ruling that the PM cannot ask the MPs to vote on the same divorce deal that has been scrapped twice in the parliament on January 15 and March 12, writes Reuters.

The PM may not have thrown the towel yet over a third vote, as indicated by Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay, who said the ministers are figuring out a way to break the deadlock and put the deal to test once again.

PM May, due to attend an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, is likely to request a long extension to Article 50. The government could also float a “paving vote” to circumvent the Speaker’s ruling and have a third vote in the House of Commons, reports The Guardian.