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Brexit deadlocked again: British parliament fails to find an alternative

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Published on April 2, 2019 - Duration: 02:26s

Brexit deadlocked again: British parliament fails to find an alternative

Britain is no nearer to resolving the chaos surrounding its departure from the European Union after parliament failed on Monday to find a majority of its own for any alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal.

Michelle Hennessy reports.

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Brexit deadlocked again: British parliament fails to find an alternative

British lawmakers failed again on Monday (April 1, 2019) to break through the Brexit deadlock.

Pushing the country's impending departure from the EU deeper into chaos.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF COMMONS, JOHN BERCOW, SAYING: "The noes have it // The noes have it // The noes have it // The noes have it" In Monday's vote, lawmakers voted on four last-minute options for Brexit - and all were defeated.

MPs have now failed to find their own solution on how exactly Britain should Brexit - twice.

And have voted down the Prime Minister's proposal - three times.

Brexit minister Stephen Barclay says Britain now risks crashing out of the EU - without a deal: (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH BREXIT MINISTER, STEPHEN BARCLAY, SAYING: "It has once again failed to find a clear majority for any of the options.

And yet the result of the house's decision on Friday not to endorse the Withdrawal Agreement means that the default legal position is that the UK will leave the EU in just 11 days' time." That could be a nightmare scenario for a lot of international businesses.

The option that came closest to winning a majority on Monday was to keep Britain in a customs union - which was defeated by just three votes.

So - what next?

There were hints on Monday from May's government that she could try to put her deal forward for a fourth time.

And the leader of the opposition Labour party is pushing for a third round of indicative votes: (SOUNDBITE) (English) OPPOSITION LEADER, JEREMY CORBYN, SAYING: The margin of defeat for one of the options tonight was very narrow indeed […] If it's good enough for the prime minister to have three chances at her deal, then I suggest possibly the house has a chance to consider again the options that we had before us today in a debate on Wednesday." Theresa May is due to hold cabinet meetings with senior ministers on Tuesday (April 2) it's expected to take around five hours as they try to figure out the government's next move.

She's facing a spiraling crisis, with her own party deeply divided on what that move should look like.

Meanwhile - the clock is ticking.

As things stand - Britain will leave the EU at 10pm on April 12.

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