UK LAWMAKERS REJECT BREXIT DEAL FOR THIRD TIME

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British MPs today rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU divorce deal for a third time, opening the way for a long delay to Brexit, or a chaotic “no deal” withdrawal in two weeks.

The pound sank as lawmakers defied May’s plea to end the deadlock that has plunged Britain into a deep political crisis, defeating her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286.

It is yet another blow to a prime minister who has all but lost control of her government and the Brexit process, particularly after she offered to quit if MPs backed the deal.

Britain had been due to leave the EU today, the long-heralded March 29 “Independence Day”, but faced with deadlock in parliament, May asked European leaders last week for a little more time.