Brexit: MPs will get vote in March on extending article 50 if no deal agreed


So today I want to reassure the House
by making three further commitments. First, we will hold a second
meaningful vote by Tuesday 12 March
at the latest. Second, if the government has not
won a meaningful vote by Tuesday 12 March, then it will,
in addition to its obligations to table a neutral, amendable motion
under section 13 of the EU Withdrawal Act, table a motion, to be voted on
by Wednesday 13 March at the latest, asking this House if it supports leaving
the EU without a withdrawal agreement and a framework for a future
relationship on March 29. So the United Kingdom will only leave
without a deal on March 29 if there is explicit consent
in the House for that outcome. If the House, having rejected leaving
with the deal negotiated with the EU, then rejects leaving on March 29
without a withdrawal agreement and future framework, the government
will, on March 14, bring forward a motion on whether parliament wants to seek
a short, limited extension to Article 50. [Background noise] And if the House votes for an extension,
seek to agree that extension approved by the House with the EU
and bring forward the necessary legislation to change the exit date,
commensurate with that extension. But let me be clear, I do not want
to see Article 50 extended. Our absolute focus should be on
working to get a deal and leaving on March 29.

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