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UK parliament to vote on Brexit deal for 3rd time

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A handout photograph taken and released by the UK parliament on March 27, 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May reacting during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) question and answer session in the House of Commons in London. (AFP photo)

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to push ahead with a critical vote on the “withdrawal agreement” of her Brexit deal.

May will ask MPs to vote only on the "withdrawal agreement" part of her Brexit deal on Friday.

The parliament has already voted down May’s deal twice. 

However, May is set to put the twice-rejected deal to a third vote.

The vote comes as May offered to resign to get the parliament to support her Brexit deal.

Senior Conservative Party MP Andrea Leadsom, who serves as the leader of the House of Commons, confirmed that the government will exclude any decision on Britain’s future relations with the EU in the vote - focusing only on the “withdrawal agreement”. 

“We’re completely determined to make sure that we can get enough support to bring it back,” Leadsom said.

Lawmakers rejected the deal by 230 votes in January and again by 149 votes earlier this month, primarily because of concerns about the Northern Ireland border.

Meanwhile, almost three years has passed since Britons voted to leave the EU.

Last week, the EU granted Britain a delay to the scheduled March 29 exit date, saying that if the parliament approved the proposed divorce deal, the UK would leave the EU on May 22.

If the UK parliament does not approve the proposed divorce deal, the government has until April 12 to tell the 27 remaining EU countries what it plans to do.

Until now, the UK departure from the EU remains up in the air and it is not clear whether London and Brussels will depart without a deal, Brexit will be cancelled, or new plan is proposed. 

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