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UK lawmakers vote on Brexit alternatives, but all proposals failed to win Parliament majority

Key Points
  • British lawmakers have voted on eight different possible Brexit options, but none received the majority support that would clarify the U.K.'s course.
  • Parliament is trying to find an alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May's twice-rejected EU divorce deal.
  • The strongest support was for a plan to stay in a customs union with the bloc after Brexit, which was defeated by eight votes: 272-264.
Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Downing Street on March 18, 2019 in London, England.
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British lawmakers have voted on eight different possible Brexit options, but none received the majority support that would clarify the U.K.'s course.

Parliament is trying to find an alternative to Prime Minister Theresa May's twice-rejected EU divorce deal.

Lawmakers voted Wednesday on options that included leaving the European Union without a deal, staying in the bloc's customs union and single market, putting any EU divorce deal to a public referendum, and canceling Brexit if the prospect of a no-deal departure gets close.

The strongest support was for a plan to stay in a customs union with the bloc after Brexit, which was defeated by eight votes: 272-264.

Lawmakers plan to narrow the list of options down and hold more votes on Monday.

Britain has until April 12 to find a new plan — or crash out of the EU without a deal.

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Theresa May says she will quit as UK prime minister if the Brexit deal happens

Key Points
  • Theresa May assumed office in July 2016 after the resignation of David Cameron.
  • She has reportedly  offered her future resignation in an apparent exchange for support of her Brexit deal.