UK Green Party Confident Parliament Will Vote For Extension Of Brexit Deadline

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UK Green Party Confident Parliament Will Vote for Extension of Brexit Deadline

Spokesperson for the UK Green Party Home Affairs Shahrar Ali expressed confidence in comments to Sputnik that the country's parliament would support the extension of Brexit deadline past March 29 and that a second referendum on the issue would become an increasingly probable option if the government fails to present viable divorce arrangements during that tim

LONDON (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 14th March, 2019) Spokesperson for the UK Green Party Home Affairs Shahrar Ali expressed confidence in comments to Sputnik that the country's parliament would support the extension of Brexit deadline past March 29 and that a second referendum on the issue would become an increasingly probable option if the government fails to present viable divorce arrangements during that time.

Earlier in the week, UK lawmakers inflicted another major defeat to Prime Minister Theresa May by rejecting the updated Brexit agreement by a 149-vote margin and then voting against the possibility of leaving the bloc without a deal. On Thursday evening, the lawmakers will vote on prolonging the withdrawal process.

"[On Thursday] there will have to be an extension ... Certainly we won't be leaving the European Union on the 29th of March. And secondly we'll be bound to remain in the European Union until or unless we have a [successful] negotiation. And I think at that point we may well be going to the people for a second referendum," Ali said.

The spokesperson added that the current situation favored the idea of holding a second Brexit referendum and at the right moment in the future, the vote would seem more and more inevitable.�

"We're taking it in steps, but at the moment it's all in favor, I would say, of a people's vote .

.. But when it happens when all the other options have been rolled out, it's going to start looking increasingly inevitable," Ali said.

At the same time, Ali stressed that the time for a second public vote had not come yet and rushing the referendum could only lead to bad results.

"To ask for it [referendum] and to force a vote too early I think you can lose the vote. So that debate won't happen today and it probably won't even happen tomorrow ... for anybody who wants a people's vote that is a good thing. We don't want to take that vote too early as it will focus minds potentially in the wrong way," Ali said.

The updated withdrawal agreement was presented to the parliament after May secured legally binding changes to the deal as a result of negotiations in Brussels. However, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn immediately slammed the new version of the deal as nothing even close to what the prime minister had promised to negotiate.

Meanwhile, Speaker of the UK parliament John Bercow said that the government would suggest on Thursday extending Brexit deadline up to June 30 if the lawmakers came to back the divorce agreement by March 20.

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