UK PM May ‘profoundly regrets’ parliament voting down EU deal

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 12, 2019) (PARLIAMENT TV) – Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said she profoundly regrets parliament rejecting her deal to quit the European Union for a second time on Tuesday (March 12) deepening the country’s worst political crisis for generations, 17 days before the planned departure date.

Lawmakers voted against May’s amended Brexit deal by 391 to 242 as her last-minute talks with EU chiefs on Monday to assuage her critics’ concerns ultimately proved fruitless.

The prime minister, hoarse after Monday’s (March 11) late-night talks, told lawmakers: “Let me be clear. Voting against leaving without a deal and for an extension does not solve the problems we face.”

She said parliament was now at an impasse: “Does it wish to revoke Article 50 (announcing intention to leave the EU)? Does it want to hold a second referendum? Or does it want to leave with a deal, but not this deal?”

Sterling, which had earlier in the day fallen by 2 percent to $1.3005, was trading at around $1.3086 shortly after the vote.

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