Theresa May faces Brexit deadlock
Here are the results of Monday's votes:
Motion C, Customs Union -- Lost by 276 votes to 273
Motion D, Common Market 2.0 -- Lost by 282 votes to 261
Motion E, Confirmatory public vote -- Lost by 292 votes to 280
Motion G, Parliamentary Supremacy -- Lost by 292 votes to 191
Jeremy Corbyn, the opposition Labour party leader, has called for a third round of indicative votes on Wednesday to finally break the Brexit deadlock, admitting he is "disappointed" that all four options failed on Monday night.
"The margin for defeat for one of the options tonight was very narrow indeed," he said. "If it's good enough for the Prime Minister to have three chances for her deal," MPs should be able to return for another round of votes on Wednesday, he said.
UK lawmakers yet again fail to agree an alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan, prolonging the political deadlock
The division bell has rung in the House of Commons, meaning the results from Monday's indicative votes will be revealed in the next ten minutes.
Britain is close to crashing out of the EU in an "accidental" no-deal Brexit, Mairead McGuinness, the Vice-President of the European Parliament has told CNN.
“I’m actually not sure what I hope for anymore," he said. "What I had hoped for was the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated would be passed and we’d get on to chatting about the future. So, I’m quite nervous and anxious about what’s going to happen tonight."
"It’s going to be another late night here trying to look at the results and ponder about whether they chart a way forward,” he added.
“Around this town today, it’s Monday, it’s April Fool’s day - nobody was smiling very much," he says of Brussels earlier.
"There were a few jokes told but I think we’re all really aware now that while a no-deal was something we thought was [far away] we now realize it’s a much closer to happening, almost by accident rather than by design. And I think that's the worst possible outcome for the United Kingdom and the European Union.”
It's looking like a long night in Westminster, where results of the indicative votes are anticipated at 10:30 p.m. local time. The House of Commons has been suspended until the counts are complete.
MPs can vote "Aye" or "No" on the four separate Brexit options. Here's the ballot:
One hardline Brexiteer MP, David Davies, scribbled a message on his ballot asking why a no-deal break wasn't included. The Commons Speaker, John Bercow, ruled earlier that voting on a no-deal split was moot, given that it is the current legal default.
British MPs are voting on four Brexit options, in the second round of indicative votes that could find a way out of the country's political deadlock. They have 30 minutes to cast their ballots.
There are four options, and MPs can vote on as many as they like:
Motion C, Customs Union -- This motion calls on the government to ensure that the Brexit plan includes a permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU.
Motion D, Common Market 2.0 -- This proposal wants the Political Declaration -- which covers the future relationship between the UK and the EU -- to be renegotiated so that the UK joins the European Free Trade Association, through which it retains its membership of the European Economic Area, or Single Market. The UK would also seek to negotiate a "comprehensive customs arrangement" with the EU.
Motion E, Confirmatory public vote -- Parliament would not be allowed to ratify any Brexit deal until it has been confirmed by a referendum.
Motion G, Parliamentary Supremacy -- This motion has a series of actions. If the no withdrawal agreement has been agreed by noon on April 10, the UK must seek a delay to Brexit from the bloc. If the EU does not agree to a further extension, then government must allow MPs to choose between leaving without a deal and revoking Article 50, which would scrap the Brexit process altogether.
Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party will not support any of the four alternative Brexit options before the House of Commons on Monday night.
Sammy Wilson, the group's Westminster leader, gave two reasons for the widely-expected decision: “one, because they do not safeguard the issue of the union, and two, because they do not deliver on Brexit.”
Theresa May's minority Conservative government relies on the party for its House of Commons majority, but their opposition to the controversial backstop has frustrated her attempts to pass her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.