UK Parliament gets new chance to offer Brexit options

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

Monday's voting will be a major test for "softer" Brexit models, with pressure mounting on MPs to rally round a particular option.

Numerous ideas have returned for a second attempt, with speaker John Bercow responsible for selecting which ones can be put to a vote. The second goes further, calling for Britain to stay in the EU's borderless single market for both goods and services.

The most promising solutions surround ideas of a confirmatory referendum and a customs union, as these were the two areas that were rejected by the smallest margins.

So much uncertainty surrounding Brexit is not good for the pound, but it has held gains against other major currencies after United Kingdom factory data reached its highest levels for 13 months on Brexit stockpiling.

MPs have until April 12 to accept a Brexit deal.

Customs Union (C): Proposed by Conservative Remainer Ken Clarke.

May has ruled out all the ideas under consideration.

After nearly two years of negotiations, Britain and the European Union struck a divorce deal in November, laying out the terms of Britain's departure from the bloc and giving a rough outline of future relations.

The United Kingdom was due to leave the European Union on March 29 but the political deadlock in London forced May to ask the bloc for a delay.

She could try to bring the agreement back for a fourth time later this week.

Last week, May said she would step down if her deal finally, somehow, gets over the finish line, thus allowing someone else to take the reins in the second phase of Brexit negotiations.

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But ever since, opponents have sought to soften, or even stop, the divorce, while proponents have failed to unite around the deal May negotiated with the EU.

"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 Britain's Brexit divide.

The party has slipped seven percent, according to the Sunday Mail, putting Jeremy Corbyn's Labour on course to be the largest party if an election were held.

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

The letter also spells out that May must stand by her party's manifesto pledge to leave the customs union in order to be able to strike post-Brexit trade deals with other countries.

Meanwhile, with potential successors to Mrs May beginning to jostle for her position following her announcement that she will quit once she has finally delivered on Brexit, Mr Grayling suggested the next leader should be a senior figure who campaigned for Brexit. It would impose tariffs on trade between Britain and the European Union, bring customs checks that could cause gridlock at ports, and could spark shortages of essential goods.

Maier also wrote that Britain's political paralysis is "making it hard to win support for finely balanced investment decisions that in the end have an impact on U.K.jobs, innovation and the competitiveness of our activities here".

Other options on the table include leaving the European Union without a deal on April 12, the new Brexit deadline set by the European Union, and a confirmatory referendum on May's divorce bill.

European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker has said it is time for Westminster to spell out what it wants on Brexit, saying the mythical sphinx is easier to decipher than United Kingdom politicians.

Mr Juncker, 64, told the Saarland regional parliament in Germany that Mr Cameron had banned him and the commission from taking part in the campaign, meaning that British voters had been deprived of the truth about the EU.

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