The British Parliament on Wednesday once again showed that it is at an impasse regarding the forms of the country’s exit from the European Union: the deputies rejected all eight options for action against “Brexit”.
The options proposed by the deputies themselves included the whole range of possible actions: from a decisive and rapid break with the EU to the abolition of “Brexit” — and none of them gained even a relative majority. That is, more deputies voted against each of the options than for it.
Most votes collected proposals on how to make any agreement with the EU to a referendum (268 votes), the customs Union with the EU (264 votes) and the proposal of the opposition Labour party on the customs Union and close cooperation with the EU in other areas (237 votes).
Deputies could vote for and/or against several options at once. The House of Commons has 639 voting deputies.
The chamber plans to continue the search for an acceptable option for the majority of “Brexit” on Monday.
The Deputy who suggested such a course of action, sir Oliver Letwin, before the vote suggested that on Monday the deputies will discuss two or three of the most popular options of those that were put to the vote on Wednesday, and try to choose one.
Letwin and many other deputies hope that such a search for compromise will help, in the words of sir Oliver, “crystallization of the majority”.
Even if Parliament finds a General solution, it will not have the force of law or order to the government. But Letwin hopes that the government realizes the need to adopt the version of “Brexit”, for which — the majority of deputies.