The pound climbs 1.7% this week as no-deal Brexit voted down

Nigel Farage Launches The Pro Brexit March To Leave From Sunderland

Next week, the EU's leaders will meet at a summit to discuss the extension of Britain's membership after 29 March, as well as the terms and length of the delay.

MPs also rejected a call to hold a second Brexit referendum - a blow to the hopes of a large number of Britons who still dream of keeping their European identity.

The short delay envisaged in the motion could last until June 30, but the longer extension is not now time-limited. Parliament voted this week to seek a delay of at least three months.

A motion in her name, authorising Mrs May to request an extension from the European Union to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process, was passed by 413 votes to 202, a majority of 211.

Guy Verhofstadt was tweeting after MPs voted to delay Brexit beyond March 29 in parliamentary scenes which saw the Conservative Party split down the middle.

Professor Iain Begg, of the European Institute and co-director of the Dahrendorf Forum at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said: "EU agreement is likely, but the EU side will want reassurance that the extension is for a goal, not just to permit further procrastination by the UK". The next day, they voted to reject a no-deal exit.

He said he hoped the United Kingdom would "leave as soon as possible in an orderly fashion" if Parliament backs May's withdrawal agreement next week.

The Prime Minister is expected to step up her charm offensive to win over Tory and DUP MPs still resisting her deal in the coming days.

European Union leaders will consider pressing Britain to delay Brexit by at least a year to find a way out of the domestic maelstrom, though there is shock and growing impatience at the political chaos in London.

The government whipped its MPs to vote against all proposed amendments; while the Labour party announced before the vote that it would not formally back any amendment supporting a second referendum.

The Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, which May depends on for a majority in Parliament, said it is in talks with the Government, which is trying to convince its lawmakers to support the Prime Minister. The official People's Vote campaign echoed Labour's reticence, saying in a statement: "We recognise there is a range of opinions on when to press the case for the public being given the final say, which means some of these MPs will vote for the Wollaston amendment, some may vote against, and some will abstain".

In what pro-EU supporters said was a metaphor for his decision to walk away from the fallout of Brexit, Farage said he wouldn't be completing the full two-week walk to London but would instead join campaigners for about a third of it.

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