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U.K. Parliament Faces a Key Brexit Question: What Does It Want? – The New York Times

Mrs. May’s plan could return to Parliament later this week if she gets more pledges of support, including from the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland, whose 10 lawmakers normally support the government but currently oppose Mrs. May’s Brexit blueprint.

On Wednesday, the leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, a Conservative lawmaker, told the BBC there was a “real possibility” that Mrs. May’s plan could come back for a vote as soon as Thursday.

A third attempt to pass it would be a very tall order: Mrs. May would need to win the support of about 70 lawmakers who have already voted against it twice. If she managed that, she would almost certainly have quashed Parliament’s rebellion and ensured that Brexit would take place soon and on her terms.

On Wednesday, the focus will be on the extraordinary parliamentary proceedings, orchestrated by a multiparty group led by a veteran Conservative lawmaker, Oliver Letwin. About 16 options for Brexit have been proposed, perhaps half of which will be selected for voting by the speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow.

Those are likely to include leaving the European Union but keeping very close ties to it, revoking Brexit, putting any plan to a referendum, and quitting without any agreement.

U.K. Parliament Faces a Key Brexit Question: What Does It Want? – The New York Times

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