May Tells MPs She Won’t Leave EU with No Deal Without Their Permission

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LONDON (AP) – Prime Minister Theresa May says she will not lead Britain out of the European Union without a deal unless Parliament agrees to it — effectively taking that option off the table.

At present, the UK is set to leave without agreement unless lawmakers approve a divorce deal or choose another path by April 12th.

May has told lawmakers that “unless this House agrees to it, ‘no deal’ will not happen.” The House of Commons has already voted in principle against leaving without a deal.

3:40 p.m.

British prime minister Theresa May says she doesn’t have enough support to put her European Union divorce deal to a new vote in Parliament.

May told Parliament Monday she regrets that Britain isn’t set to leave the EU on March 29th as originally planned.

She says she is still trying to build support for her plan. Her withdrawal plan has already been defeated twice.

The Prime Minister says she is sceptical that a series of “indicative votes” in Parliament will be able to set a clear path forward for breaking the Brexit impasse.

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2:30 p.m.

British prime minister Theresa May still hasn’t committed to bringing her twice-rejected European Union divorce deal back to Parliament for a third vote this week.

If May can win approval for the deal, the U.K. will leave the EU on May 22. If the deal is not approved, Britain has until April 12 to come up with a new plan, such as leaving without a deal or cancelling Brexit.

May’s spokesman, James Slack, says the Prime Minister is determined to win support for her deal, but “we will only bring the vote back if we believe we would be in a position to win it.” And there are no signs of big shifts in lawmakers’ opinion.

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, whose opposition has helped sink the deal, said the party’s “position remains unchanged.”

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