British Prime Minister Theresa May. 
British Prime Minister Theresa May. (Photo: AP)
  • 1. Parliament Takes Charge
  • 2. The End of May?
  • 3. Bye-Bye Brexit?
What Next? PM May Offers to Quit as Lawmakers Mull Brexit Plans

With the date and terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union mired in uncertainty, Prime Minister Theresa May has offered to quit in a bid to gain approval for her twice-rejected divorce deal with the bloc. Meanwhile, Parliament has seized control of the political process so lawmakers can try to hammer out a different way forward.

Here’s a look at what might happen next:

  • 1. Parliament Takes Charge

    With Brexit deadlocked amid feud between Britain's political factions, lawmakers voted to upend the usual parliamentary procedure, in which the government decides the schedule for debates and votes. The House of Commons carved out time for legislators to hold a series of "indicative votes" on alternatives to May's defeated deal.

    The results of Wednesday's (27 March) votes were inconclusive, with none of the eight options gaining a majority. The most popular were a proposal to remain in a customs union with the bloc and a plan to put any divorce deal that is approved to a public referendum.

    Lawmakers behind the move plan to hold another day of votes on Monday in an attempt to narrow down the proposals to one idea that can gain a majority — then to send the government back to negotiate it with the EU.

    The government says Parliament's move sets "a dangerous, unpredictable precedent," but has promised to "engage constructively" with the result of the votes. But ministers say, any plan agreed by Parliament must be "realistic" and negotiable with the EU.

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