A government motion to extend Article 50 has passed by 412 to 202. That’s despite Theresa May having repeatedly promised she wouldn’t extend and the UK would leave on 29th March 2019.
The motion means that Ministers will attempt to put forward Theresa May’s deal for a third time before 20th March. If it passes they would seek an extension from the European Union to implement legislation for the deal, with the date of 30th June in mind.
If the deal isn’t voted through an extension would then require another purpose to extend will need to be put forward, with the European Council still having to unanimously sign off on any extension. An extension beyond 30th June would mean the UK taking part in European Elections. That would be even more of a disgrace.
75% of Leave voters are against extending Article 50, as are 72% of Conservative voters.
Nigel Farage has suggested that the European Council veto an extension so that the UK leaves on 29th March, as promised.