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By Juanita Justin

The ‘Last Chance’ vote that took place on the supposed Independence Day in Britain on March 29 resulted in rejecting the deal once again. The Withdrawal Agreement which has been previously voted down twice, lost again for a third time by a majority of 58 — with 344 voting against the motion, 286 voting in its favour. As it stands, it has been decided that the UK will leave on April 12 with or without a deal. Prime Minister Theresa May believed the third vote as an alternative Brexit option for a closer economic relationship with the EU and once again the House is undecided on how to leave the EU in an orderly manner.

After a two-day summit with the EU in March, Prime Minister secured to delay the original departure date from the EU from March 29 to May 22 only on the condition that the members of the Parliament (MPs) approve of her deal. But if May happens to lose the vote on the MPs agreeing with her deal, then the UK is required to propose an alternative plan forward on April 12, or they could be in serious danger of a disastrous exit from the EU (Davies 2019). A no-deal will do significant damages to the UK, specifically Northern Ireland, which currently does not have a functioning government rendering them unable to properly prepare for the exit (Cooper 2019). The opposition to the deal is still focused on the backstop aiming to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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*The author is a Research Intern at CPPR Centre for Strategic Studies. Views expressed are personal and need not reflect or represent the views of Centre for Public Policy Research

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