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May’s Brexit vote – ‘Yes it is a compromise’

The British parliament holds a historic vote Tuesday on the Brexit deal agreed with the EU and all sides are bracing for turmoil

The British parliament holds a historic vote Tuesday on the Brexit deal agreed with the EU and all sides are bracing for turmoil when the text is almost certainly rejected.

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MPs are preparing to vote on whether to back Theresa May’s deal for leaving the European Union will be good enough and if it will pass the commons vote.

The so-called “meaningful vote” will take place later as five days of debate on Brexit come to an end.

With just over two months to go until the scheduled Brexit date of March 29, a bitterly divided Britain is in limbo and the world is on tenterhooks about what will happen next.

Mrs May has called for politicians to back her deal or risk “letting the British people down”.

But with many of her own MPs expected to join opposition parties to vote against the deal, it is widely expected to be defeated. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox will open the last day of debate at about 12:50 GMT, with Mrs May due to close the debate with a speech from about 18:30 GMT.

Voting will start at about 19:00 GMT, starting with backbench amendments that could reshape the deal and then the vote on the withdrawal agreement itself.

Few expect the deal to pass, but the scale of Prime Minister Theresa May’s defeat could determine whether she tries again, loses office, delays Brexit, or if Britain even leaves the EU at all.

The British parliament holds a historic vote today on the terms of the Brexit deal to be agreed with the EU and all sides are bracing for turmoil when the text is almost certainly rejected.

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