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Theresa May offers vote to delay Brexit if her deal is rejected

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May told the House of Commons on Tuesday that if her Brexit deal is rejected on March 12, she will offer two follow-up votes: one on whether the U.K. should leave the EU without a deal, and one on whether to extend the Brexit date beyond March 29.

Why it matters: There is not a majority of MPs in support of a "no deal" Brexit. May said any Brexit delay would not last beyond the end of June and would "almost certainly have to be a one-off." Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday that his Labour Party would back the idea of another "public vote" on Brexit if his own plan is rejected next week, as expected.

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