Parliament rejects all Brexit alternatives… again

MPs have again rejected all alternative Brexit options in a second round of indicative votes.

Four proposals were brought forward to Parliament but all were rejected, one by a margin of just three votes.

The current default position is that Britain will leave without a deal on April 12th.

A confirmatory public vote on any deal was the most voted for proposal, with 280 MPs voting in favour, but was defeated by only 12.

Conservative MP Ken Clarke’s proposal for a permanent customs union, having been defeated by only eight last week, was narrowly defeated by three.

Two other proposals, Common Market 2.0 and parliamentary supremacy, were voted down by 12 and 101 respectively.

All the options received less support than the withdrawal agreement got last week in Parliament, which saw 286 MPs vote in favour.

In a shocking moment, Nick Boles, the MP who put forward the Common Market 2.0 proposal, dramatically resigned the Conservative Party whip, saying that he had failed to find a way to compromise on Brexit ‘chiefly because my party refuses to compromise’. Colleagues shouted after him as he left the government benches, begging him not to go’.

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