British MPs reject Brexit alternative options

A handout photograph taken and released by the UK Parliament on March 27, 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions question and answer session in the House of Commons in London. PHOTO | MARK DUFFY | AFP

What you need to know:

  • A call for a referendum to endorse any deal was rejected by 295 to 268 votes.

None of MPs' eight proposed options for Brexit have secured clear backing following a vote in the House of Commons.

Calls for a customs union with the EU were rejected by 272 to 264 votes while a call for a referendum to endorse any deal was rejected by 295 to 268 votes.

Brexit Secretary Steven Barclay said the results strengthened ministers' view their deal was "the best option".

He said a "wide variety of options" had been considered and it was clear there was no "simple way forward".

The options were: No Deal, Customs union, Common Market 2.0, EEA/Efta without customs union, Contingent preferential arrangements, Confirmatory public vote, Revocation to avoid no deal , Labour’s alternative plan

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