MPs Not On The Same Page As Potential Brexit Delay Vote Night Looms

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Pro-Brexit protesters gather outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain March 14, 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/Henry Nicholls)

15 days before the U.K. is set to leave the European Union (EU), MPs have expressed contradicting insights on the upcoming Parliament vote night. The chaos comes just one day after Prime Minister Theresa May's second historical defeat.

On Thursday evening, the U.K. government will deliberate on possibly delaying the highly-debated British exit. Four amendments are expected to be laid on the table. While the votes have yet to be thrown in, political experts are worried about very different outlooks that MPs are displaying ahead of vote night.

According to Wales Online, Independent Group member, Sarah Wollaston, implied that she may not support the amendment proposed by Rhondda MP Chris Bryant. "The risks and benefits of the different version of Brexit are very different," Wollaston pointed out.

For Wollaston, MPs should not be wasting any more time as March 29 is fast approaching. She also said the vote has to be laid out on Thursday and pushing the pivotal voting session further will do no good. Bryant, on the other hand, will present a referendum that will block May's third attempt at getting her Brexit deal approved by a majority of the ruling MPs.

The People's Vote campaign does not agree with Wollaston. A spokesperson for the group said the party rejects the idea that Thursday night is the right time to deliberate on the matter. The group further explained that instead of voting on the amendment, Parliament should "declare it wants an extension of Article 50."

The Times journalist Henry Zeffman tweeted that Labour will "not vote in favor of the second referendum," echoing Dr. Rosena Allin-Khan's statements on the Labour party's reported refusal to support the amendment.

Allin-Khan said it is only right for MPs to abstain on tonight's voting session, adding that the amendment will not work and will "ruin our chances of success."

On Wednesday, MPs rejected May's Brexit deal for the second time by a huge margin although slightly better than the first rejection in January. Some spectators said May appears to have lost control of her government with many Conservative MPs voted against her plans and some people in her cabinet abstained.

According to The New York Times, Thursday night may see Parliament trying to work through the Brexit process. Unfortunately for Wollaston's proposed amendment, political analysts have said it may not get an approval. Many political experts believe that lawmakers will support the measure that will seek to delay Brexit instead of pushing it through.

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