British Parliament Votes Down Brexit Deal Again
Britain's parliament has rejected for a second time Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal to leave the European Union.
British lawmakers voted 391 to 242 against May's plan Tuesday, 17 days before Britain is to withdraw from the political and economic alliance.
The vote meant Britain will have to choose: leaving the EU without a deal; delaying the March 29 departure date; or having a new Brexit vote.
May told lawmakers before the vote, "If this vote is not passed tonight, if this deal is not passed, then Brexit could be lost."
On Wednesday, lawmakers will vote on whether Britain should leave the world's biggest trading group without a deal. Business leaders warn that such an exit would cause severe disorder in markets and supply chains. Others say it could cause shortages of food and medicines.
Supporters of Brexit argue the withdrawal would permit Britain to succeed and negotiate new trade deals across the world.
However, parliament is expected to reject a "no-deal" Brexit as well. If so, lawmakers Thursday will then vote on whether to request a delay of the withdrawal to permit further talks.
After two and a half years of Brexit negotiation, both May and the EU have already ruled out any other changes to the deal.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Monday, "There will be no third chance. There will be no further interpretations of the interpretations, no further assurances of the reassurances if the ‘meaningful vote' tomorrow fails."
In 2016, 52 percent of Britons voted to leave the E.U. Forty-eight percent voted to remain in the group. The result has divided Britain over concerns about immigration and economic globalization.
Opponents fear that Brexit will leave Britain economically weaker and with reduced security capabilities. Supporters say it would let Britain control immigration and seize global opportunities.
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1.supply chains 供应链
Manufacturing supply chains in the US and Europe are showing signs of straining to cope with demand.
2.departure date 启程日期
Has the departure date been fixed?
3.trade deals 贸易协定
Moreover, the EU has recently agreed trade deals with Canada, Singapore and South Korea.
4.the European Union 欧盟
Britain appears unlikely to break ranks with other members of the European Union.
5.Britain's parliament has rejected for a second time Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal to leave the European Union.
for a second time 再次；第二次
They questioned him Friday for a second time.
If the deposits or remittances of the criminal suspects have been frozen, they shall not be frozen for a second time.
6.After two and a half years of Brexit negotiation, both May and the EU have already ruled out any other changes to the deal.
ruled out 排除
Police have ruled out robbery as a motive for the killing.
The possibility of suicide was ruled out.
周三，议员们将就英国是否应该在无协议情况下脱离这个全球最大的贸易集团进行投票 。商界领袖警告称，无协议脱欧将导致市场和供应链严重混乱 。其他人表示，此举可能导致食品和药品短缺 。
然而，预计英国议会也将否决“无协议”脱欧 。如果是这样，议员们周四将投票决定是否要求推迟脱欧日期，以便进行进一步的谈判 。
周一，欧盟委员会主席容克表示，“不会再给第三次机会 。如果明天的‘有意义的投票’失败，就不会对这些解释作进一步解释，也不会对这些保证作进一步保证 。”
2016年，52%的英国人投票支持脱离欧盟，48%的人投票支持留在欧盟 。这一结果导致英国在移民和经济全球化问题上产生了分歧 。
反对者担心脱欧将进一步削弱英国经济，降低其安全能力 。支持者表示，脱欧将让英国控制移民并抓住全球机遇 。