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Facing almost certain defeat, UK PM May delays vote on Brexit plan

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has called off Tuesday's crucial vote on her Brexit deal, admitting it would have been voted down.
For more on this and other news around the world we turn to our Ro Aram…
Aram… the Brexit process is once again thrown into chaos.....

That's right Mark… Prime Minister May says she will go back to Brussels to seek changes to the divorce agreement.
This is what many MPs wanted in the first place, but Mrs. May tried to push for the vote on Tuesday as scheduled.
However, she admitted the deal would be rejected by what she called a "significant margin."
The key sticking point is the so-called "backstop" - a provision that would prevent a hard Irish border after the UK leaves the EU.
The measure would keep Britain under EU customs rules until new trade agreements are reached.
Critics suggest it could keep the UK tied to the bloc indefinitely, unable to strike new trade deals around the world.
May continued to defend the plan, but said she would seek reassurances from her EU counterparts.

"……….I believe in it as do many members of this House and I still believe there is a majority to be won in this house in support of it. If I can secure additional reassurance on the question of the backstop and that is what my focus will be in the days ahead."

She also suggested there was broad support for her deal reached with the EU last month - a claim that was laughed at by some MPs.
EU leaders signaled they are prepared to help Britain, up to a point, but insisted the Brexit agreement would not be renegotiated.
MPs reacted angrily to May's announcement to postpone Tuesday's vote.
The opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn urged the prime minister to step down, saying her government has "lost control of events."
Other parties also suggested holding a vote of no confidence.

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