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What next? MPs reject all Brexit options in night of votes

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is set for a marathon session with her Cabinet as the government tries to find a way out of the Brexit crisis, after lawmakers again rejected all alternatives to her European Union withdrawal agreement.

If it becomes law, Prime Minister Theresa May would be forced to request of the European Union an extension of Article 50 beyond the current April 12th date.

He said: "We will meet the Prime Minister".

Letwin and Cooper are bringing the bill forward instead of holding another round of indicative votes, after MPs failed for the second time to reach a consensus on Brexit on Monday night.

"And we need to be clear what such an extension is for, to ensure we leave in a timely and orderly way".

Conservative MP Oliver Letwin, who led the process of so-called indicative votes on alternative Brexit options, said the draft legislation was "a last-ditch attempt to prevent our country being exposed to the risks inherent in a no deal exit".

The prime minister gave a short statement after a cabinet meeting that lasted more than seven hours.

Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire A supporter of Brexit holds a sign saying "Just hoot, we voted leave" while others continue with their daily activities outside the Houses of Parliament, Westminster, London, ahead of the latest round of debates in the House of Commons concerning Brexit issues.

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The Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford said: "We are now in a really risky situation with a serious and growing risk of no deal in 10 days' time".

"This is a decisive moment in the story of these islands and it requires national unity to deliver the national interest".

Michel Barnier said a long extension to the UK's 12 April exit date had "significant risks for the EU" and a "strong justification would be needed".

A no-deal Brexit was "never our desired or intended scenario" but "becomes day after day more likely", he said.

Last week, Parliament took control of the process away from the government in order to hold a series of votes created to find an alternative way forward. "But it is definitely worth trying".

"I'm offering to sit down with the Leader of the Opposition and to try to agree a plan that we would both stick to, to ensure that we leave the European Union and that we do so with a deal".

Mr Barnier warned that exit without a deal would not put an end to wrangles over the Irish border or the UK's financial liabilities, telling MEPs they would restart as soon as the United Kingdom approached Brussels for a trade agreement.

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