Mar 13, 2019

U.K. Parliament votes to rule out "no deal" Brexit

Theresa May. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

The House of Commons on Wednesday voted 321-278 to reject the U.K. leaving the European Union without a deal.

The big picture: Parliament on Tuesday voted for the second time to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, the only proposal currently on the table. On Thursday, May plans to bring a vote on extending negotiations past the March 29 deadline. That will be a tough sell in Brussels, which is also worried about a no deal outcome but only wants to give the U.K. an extension if given a clear path forward.

Our thought bubble: What should have been a fairly straightforward vote for the prime minister — taking no deal off the table ahead of the March 29 deadline — turned dramatic when an amendment to rule out no deal permanently narrowly passed, over May’s objections. She then insisted that no deal remains the default outcome if the deadlock isn’t broken. Now, resignations from ministers who defied May are expected. It seems she has truly lost control of Parliament.

The other side: The European Commission, increasingly frustrated by Parliament's paralysis, issued a statement responding to the latest developments.

"We take note of the votes in the House of Commons this evening. There are only two ways to leave the EU: with or without a deal. The EU is prepared for both. To take no deal off the table, it is not enough to vote against no deal — you have to agree to a deal. We have agreed a deal with the Prime Minister and the EU is ready to sign it."

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Updates: George Floyd protests nationwide

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued for a seventh day across the U.S., with President Trump threatening on Monday to deploy the military if the unrest continues.

The latest: "Widespread looting" occurred in Manhattan, including at "Macy's flagship store in Herald Square and luxury stores along Fifth Avenue" as the 11 p.m. curfew began Monday, per the New York Times.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 3 a.m. ET: 6,273,402 — Total deaths: 375,683 — Total recoveries — 2,697,873Map.
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  3. Public health: Nearly 26,000 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes have been reported to federal health officials —Coronavirus looms over George Floyd protests across the country.
  4. Federal government: Trump lashes out at governors, calls for National Guard to "dominate" streets.
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St. John's clergy: Trump used church as prop, Bible as symbol of division

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Clergy of the historic St. John's Episcopal Church expressed furor and confusion over President Trump's visit on Monday, which he claimed was to honor the establishment after George Floyd protestors sparked a small fire on the property Sunday night.

The big picture: Park rangers and military police deployed tear gas and physical force to disperse peaceful protestors from Lafayette Park, which surrounds the White House, so Trump could walk to "pay respects" to the church — and a St. John's rector on the scene revealed in a Facebook post that she was left "coughing" from the tear gas.