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MPs last night voted in favour of taking a no-deal Brexit off the table, and Theresa May is expected to ask the European Union to delay the date of the UK’s exit from the EU.
The plan was voted through by MPs by the skin of their teeth with 313 votes to 312 in the latest rounds at the Commons.
It came as Philip Hammond said a second referendum was a “perfectly credible proposition” and suggested the government would be prepared to compromise on a customs union.
The bill was tabled by Labour MP Yvette Cooper.
Reactions to the vote have been mixed.
In a speech following the results he said: "Ramming a bill through in 4 hours [is A] constitutional outrage."
The public won’t be impressed by this, forgive them Father for they know not what they do.
Britain's political crisis will spiral into absolute chaos without real leadership. May should never have been Prim… https://t.co/r01Ur15mfp — Leave.EU (@Leave.EU)
Yvette Cooper’s Bill passes the House of Commons stage 313 to 312 votes. This ensures that there is no ‘no deal’, a… https://t.co/DAltYE6UQ7 — 💙Rachael Maskell MP (@💙Rachael Maskell MP)
Extraordinary result tonight as Yvette Cooper Bill passes through the Commons by 313 to 312 votes. This will now go… https://t.co/jgorvflzWs — Seema Malhotra MP 💙 (@Seema Malhotra MP 💙)
Tonight the House kept winning votes by 1. People of Oxford West and Abingdon. That’s you. — Layla Moran 🔶 (@Layla Moran 🔶)
The European Council have been completely clear that it would not grant an extension to Article 50 for general purp… https://t.co/EvXcq79oAT — ChukaUmunna (@ChukaUmunna)
What happens next:
Lords likely to debate and vote on Cooper bill tomorrow. Everything done in one day.
Bill gets… https://t.co/r1QJ0o2ew7 — Jack Maidment (@Jack Maidment)
A Bill pushed through Commons, in one day, against wishes and whipping of govt party. Commons can now block No Dea… https://t.co/SBKUomqBkk — Charlie Falconer (@Charlie Falconer)
So Cooper’s Bill has passed 313 to 312 - phew
Triumph for common sense (just!!) - House has voted *again* to avo… https://t.co/M4ZWhYI7Aa — Caroline Lucas (@Caroline Lucas)
My family were split over #Brexit and it caused arguments but since then one person changed his mind, same as the r… https://t.co/1a4Db01SoQ — 😀P R Films😀 (@😀P R Films😀)
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