Effort to strike a Brexit majority homes in on four proposals

UK lawmakers reject Theresa May's Brexit deal for third time

Prime Minister Theresa May's deal was rejected for a third time last week by a margin of 58 votes as parliament opted against leaving the European Union with her withdrawal agreement on 22 May.

After voting "no" so many times, the British Parliament may be ready to vote "aye" on something.

Asked about his comments, May's spokesperson said: "The PM made it clear that there was a need to bring the country back together after the Brexit vote and that is what they [the government] are working to achieve".

"Today we have got to start to bring that to an end", he said.

Britain voted by 52 percent to leave the European Union in a 2016 referendum, but the process has been mired in divisions over the terms of the divorce and what kind of future ties to seek. The second goes further, calling for Britain to stay in the EU's borderless single market for both goods and services.

The Prime Minister has, however, set her face firmly against a customs union, warning it runs counter to the Conservatives' election manifesto and would inhibit Britain's ability to strike trade deals around the world.

The Customs Union plan would, however, prevent the United Kingdom from being able to begin its own independent trade deals with other countries.

British lawmakers plan another round of votes Monday to see whether they can come to an agreement on a way for Britain to leave the bloc.

Last week, none of the eight options debated by parliament received a majority.

Similar to motion (D) but without the customs union.

May has ruled out all the ideas under consideration.

May's deal, which has been defeated by lawmakers three times even after she promised to step down if it passed, was further dented when her own parliamentary enforcer said a softer Brexit was inevitable after she lost her majority in a 2017 election.

Her spokesman, James Slack, said the prime minister "believes there is a majority in the House for leaving in an orderly way with a deal", and her agreement was the best on offer.

This will be the second round of indicative votes, which are created to find an alternative to the options they were presented with on Wednesday. May's hope is that pro-Brexit opponents would back the deal if the only alternative was an even softer Brexit.

UK lawmakers reject Theresa May's Brexit deal for third time

Equally, there could be crisis if the government refuses to acknowledge parliament's preferred option.

"We have so many achievements to be proud of - and yet every single one is being drowned out in the Brexit cacophony", Johnson said.

But it has been roundly rejected by lawmakers on both sides of the Brexit divide. A five-hour Cabinet meeting is to be held on Tuesday, which commentators in London suggest could include planning for a general election.

The cabinet is divided over whether the government should follow parliament's lead if a majority is found for a customs union.

There are "no ideal choices" over the Brexit deadlock, Justice Secretary David Gauke has said.

Standard & Poor's said in an update Monday that a disorderly Brexit would "adversely affect income levels and growth prospects, as well as government finances".

The Brexit impasse has alarmed businesses, who say the uncertainty has deterred investment and undermined economic growth.

The UK would apply the same tariffs to imported goods coming from around the world as the European Union and all its member states.

Maier said the political chaos in the United Kingdom was making the country a "laughing stock" and impeding the investment decisions needed for businesses to function properly.

Mr Cameron tried to portray himself, in public, as a defender of British sovereignty against European Union powergrabbing in 2014 when he said of then-presidential candidate Juncker that he was the "wrong person" to lead the Commission, saying the Luxembourgish politician had been "at the heart of the project to increase the power of Brussels and reduce the power of nation states for his entire working life".

Mr Juncker said in a speech on Monday to the Saarland state legislature in Saarbruecken, Germany: "We now know what the British Parliament doesn't want, but we haven't heard what it wants".

"We have got to negotiate a free trade agreement, sort out where we are, but also as we get into the 2020s, we are going to have to pass the torch to a new generation. Enough of the long silence".

Associated Press writer Geir Moulson in Berlin contributed.

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