Hammond in Brexit talks with DUP as government seeks support on deal

Brexit supporters and opponents shout at each other outside Parliament in London on Thursday the day that British lawmakers voted to delay Brexit

The official result was initially announced as 412-202, but was later amended to 413 in the official voting list. That means the United Kingdom is still set to leave on 29 March - with or without a deal.

A bigger delay would also see Britain take part in European Parliament elections in May - bizarrely re-immersing the country in EU politics after Brexit was originally meant to have gone into effect.

However, as things stand, the law has not been changed, as Wednesday and Thursday's votes were not legally binding.

May is likely to ask European Union leaders for an extension at a March 21-22 summit of the bloc in Brussels.

The Prime Minister is set to bring her Brexit deal back to the Commons for a third meaningful vote next week, and Attorney General Geoffrey Cox has sought to provide further legal assurances about the Irish backstop.

MPs in the House of Commons carried the government motion to delay the European Union leave date - which had been set for March 29 - 412 votes to 202.

Thursday could have been worse for May. A bid for Parliament to wrest Brexit control away from May by way of "indicative votes" on a new deal lost by an even narrower two vote margin.

Lawmakers also voted against holding a second Brexit referendum - at least for now.

"On Thursday they voted to extend Article 50 and stop Brexit forever, but were defeated. Now, what happens this morning is that the entire cabinet has accepted the position that parliament voted for last night".

Still, she faces a struggle to overturn the huge defeats for the agreement, which was rejected by 230 votes in Parliament in January and by 149 votes this week.

"It's still really hard to see how the numbers stack up for Theresa May, but she's giving it one more go", he said.

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Their presence "entails risks for the peace, integrity and stability of the country", Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said . The country has suspended school and business activities Tuesday as well, Reuters reported .

PM Theresa May will allow UK MPs a free vote on extending Article 50 and delaying Brexit beyond the current March 29 deadline.

The British government is hoping that talk of a long delay to Brexit will persuade hardliners in May's own Conservative Party and its ally, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), to get behind her deal. "Unless there is a clear majority in the House of Commons for something precise, there is no reason at all for the European Council to agree on a prolongation".

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said in Brussels said he wasn't sure more time was the answer.

Meanwhile, May is working tirelessly to get a Brexit deal, said her spokeswoman Friday, after May's plan to leave the European Union was crushed in parliament for a second time this week. Now it looks as if this is Mrs May's most likely course of action.

In another sting for May, U.S. President Donald Trump said he was "surprised at how badly" the Brexit negotiations have been handled.

While overnight gauges of volatility have fallen back from earlier highs, they still remain elevated compared to historical averages.

British businesses expressed relief at the prospect of a delay.

Sterling has swung more wildly this week than at any point since 2017, rising to a nine-month high as investors bet Britain would avoid a no-deal Brexit.

Josh Hardie, deputy director-general of the Confederation of British Industry, said the vote for an extension showed there was "still some common sense in Westminster".

"But without a radically new approach, business fears this is simply a stay of execution".

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