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George Eustice on Thursday resigned as the British farming and fisheries minister over Prime Minister Theresa May's promise to allow MPs a vote on a possible delayed Brexit if her deal is rejected.

MPs voted by 502 to 20 to endorse May's plan, a radical shift in strategy made only after the threat of revolt by ministers who fear Britain crashing out of the European Union on March 29 without a deal.

John McDonnell said the party would table an amendment for a referendum when the "meaningful vote" on Theresa May's deal returns to Parliament.

A number of the nine MPs who left the Labour Party last week to form The Independent Group also support the so-called "People's Vote" campaign.

Several have spoken out, warning that the party would haemorrhage support and trust were they to alter stance radically and push for a second referendum or remaining in the European Union (the shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said he would vote to remain if such a referendum were to be held).

Since the 2016 referendum, opponents of Brexit have sought another vote they hope would overturn the result.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe said this week said Ireland would not block an extension of the Brexit deadline.

McDonnell went on to argue that "the more we focus" on these concerns, the better the chances his and other opposition parties advocating another European Union poll have of convincing parliament to put a Brexit deal back before the British people. "A pregnant young MP bullied out of her own party by racist thugs", Watson told the BBC. Labour can appease its Remain-leaning support base with the narrative that it tried for a second referendum, but the Tories got in the way again.

But EU leaders and officials have suggested an extension to Article 50 is not guaranteed, and may only be granted if there is evidence the UK's position has changed in negotiations over the terms of the divorce.

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Labor's Brexit proposals - which would see the United Kingdom join an EU customs union - were defeated by 323 votes to 240, a bigger margin than the last time MPs voted on them.

Confederation of British Industry head Carolyn Fairbairn said neither business nor the government is ready to leave, and exiting without a deal would be "a wrecking ball on our economy".

But Labour said he had effectively been sacked.

In the Sheffield Hallam constituency, the local party passed a motion in support of Williamson by 40 votes to one.

In a twist, Costa was forced to quit as a junior minister because he was not technically allowed to put forward the amendment.

He wrote: "Once we can secure a limit to the backstop, all the other imperfections in Mrs May's deal, such as continued meddling by the European Court of Justice and our continuing to pay huge sums into EU coffers, become much less problematic".

Mr Lloyd said he would support a second referendum over a bad deal, supporting Monday's (25 February) announcement that Labour will back a second referendum on Brexit - nearly three years after the country's initial vote in favour of leaving the European Union (EU).

Even the issue of Brexit remains a complex one: there is far from unanimous support within Labour for a second referendum.


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