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Theresa May awaits votes on Brexit alternatives: Live updates – CNN International

House Speaker John Bercow.

Lost count of which Brexit vote this is and what MPs are voting on? Here's a quick rundown to remind you.

What's happening

UK lawmakers are set to hold a second round of "indicative votes" Monday on alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.

None of the eight alternative options secured a majority in the first round last Wednesday. However, a plan for the UK to remain in a customs union with the EU only failed by six votes. A proposal for a second referendum gained the most "yes" votes overall.

Some of those eight alternatives are returning today while some have been replaced with new options. Commons Speaker John Bercow will announce a selection shortly after the House resumes business.


Debate begins at 3:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. ET) with voting expected to get underway around 8:00 p.m. (3:00 p.m.).

What are the options?

Motion A, Unilateral right of exit from backstop -- This proposes that the UK shall leave the European Union on May 22 with the Withdrawal Agreement amended to allow the UK unilaterally to exit the Northern Ireland backstop.

Motion B, No deal in the absence of a Withdrawal Agreement -- This alternative calls for support from MPs for a no-deal Brexit if the House has not backed May's Withdrawal Agreement.

Motion C, Customs Union -- This motion calls on the Government to ensure that the Brexit plan includes a permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union with the EU.

Motion D, Common Market 2.0 -- This proposal wants the Political Declaration -- which covers the future relationship between the UK and the EU -- to be renegotiated so that the UK joins the European Free Trade Association, through which is retains its membership of the European Economic Area, or Single Market. The UK would also seek to negotiate a "comprehensive customs arrangement" with the EU.

Motion E, Confirmatory public vote -- Parliament would not be allowed to ratify any Brexit deal until it has been confirmed by a public poll.

Motion F, Public vote to prevent no deal -- Calls for a second referendum on exiting the European Union, if a no-deal scenario appears likely.

Motion G, Parliamentary Supremacy -- This motion has a series of actions. If the withdrawal agreement still does not have support by noon on April 10, the UK must seek a delay to Brexit from the bloc. If the EU does not agree to a further extension, then government must allow MPs to choose between a no-deal and revoking Article 50 and thus scrapping the Brexit process altogether.

Motion H, EFTA and EEA -- The UK must enter the European Economic Area and indicate an intension to rejoin the European Free Trade Association.

What then?

If the indicative votes provide some clarity, the focus will move to the Prime Minister and her next move. May could conceivably ask Parliament to choose between her plan and the winner of the indicative votes. Though it's unclear how that might work. May also left open the possibility of pursuing an alternative plan in her statement on Friday. So at this point, it's anyone's guess.

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