U.K. Parliament rejects every alternative Brexit option for 2nd time
Anti-Brexit protestor outside of Westminster. Photo: WIktor Szymanowicz/NurPhoto via Getty Images
The House of Commons on Monday rejected all 4 alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal for the second time.
Why it matters: The U.K. leaving the EU without a deal remains the default option on April 12. The majority of MPs don't want that to happen, but Parliament has still been unable to find common ground for an alternative solution.
The vote tally:
- Customs union: 273-276
- Common market 2.0: 261-282
- 2nd referendum: 280-292
- Reversing Brexit by revoking Article 50: 191-292
- May's deal (vote last week): 286-344
What's next: Nobody really knows. If Parliament doesn't pass a deal, the U.K. can avoid crashing out on April 12 by asking the EU for a long extension. This would force the country to participate in the European Parliament elections in May.