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Cabinet to meet for five hours after MPs reject alternative Brexit options

Cabinet to meet for five hours after MPs reject alternative Brexit options

MPs rejected all the options voted on for Brexit in indicative votes once again last night.

MPs were given the chance to vote on a more narrow selection of options after notable defeats for some options last week. MPs voted on whether to have a customs union, a confirmatory vote, a common market or Parliamentary supremacy over Brexit. The option of a customs union came out best, only losing by three votes.

Theresa May and her cabinet are expected to meet for five hours on Tuesday morning to discuss the results of the votes and how to move forward. While all four options were defeated, three were only defeated by small margins. Mrs May's deal, which could be brought back to the Commons again this week, has already been defeated three times by large majorities.

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn called for further indicative votes.

Following the indicative votes, Conservative MP Nick Boles announced his resignation from his party. He said; "My party refuses to compromise, I regret therefore that I can no longer sit for this party".

Also on Monday, the Brexit debate was interrupted by a semi-naked climate protest in the galleries of the House of Commons. The group said "We are walking dangerously close to irreversible climate collapse - this is what it has come to". 12 people were arrested by police for "outraging public decency".

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