More votes on Brexit are set to take place today.

MPs have rejected crashing out of the European Union without a deal, just 16 days ahead of the scheduled break from Brussels.

Now they are being asked to back a move to extend Article 50 negotiations and delay Brexit.

The motion tabled by Theresa May would authorise the Prime Minister to seek an extension of the two-year Article 50 negotiations beyond March 29.

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The Prime Minister's motion says that if the House of Commons has approved her Withdrawal Agreement and the framework for the future UK/EU relationship by March 20, she will seek a one-off extension until June 30 to allow time for the necessary legislation to be passed.

If her deal fails to win Commons support, the motion warns it is "highly likely" the EU will require the UK to set out a "clear purpose" before granting any extension and that any delay beyond June 30 will involve Britain taking part in May's elections to the European Parliament.

MPs have tabled a number of amendments to Mrs May's proposal.

It will be for the Commons Speaker to decide which to select for debate, and it is unlikely that all will be pushed to a vote at 5pm.

The amendments are:


Labour's amendment notes that Parliament has "decisively" rejected both Mrs May's deal and no deal and calls for a delay to Brexit "to provide parliamentary time for this House to find a majority for a different approach".

No second referendum

A cross-party amendment, tabled by Tory Lee Rowley and backed by 111 Leave-backing MPs, calls for the result of the 2016 referendum to be respected and a second vote on EU membership to be ruled out. Signatories include former ministers George Eustice and Dominic Raab, European Research Group deputy chairman Steve Baker, Labour MPs Gareth Snell and Caroline Flint, and Democratic Unionist Party Westminster leader Nigel Dodds.

Second referendum

Tabled by Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston and backed by members of the new grouping, Liberal Democrats and a handful from other parties, this amendment seeks an Article 50 extension to stage a second referendum with Remain and Parliament's preferred Brexit option on the ballot paper.

Liberal Democrats

Sir Vince Cable's party have tabled an amendment calling for an extension to arrange a second referendum, with Remain on the ballot paper.

Scottish independence

Tabled by the Scottish National Party, this amendment says Scotland must not be taken out of the EU against its will and that this can best be avoided by allowing its people to vote for independence.

Plaid Cymru

The Welsh nationalist party is calling for an extension to 2021 for more negotiations, with a binding referendum at that point on whether to accept whatever deal has been agreed or remain in the EU.

Revoke Article 50

Tabled by SNP MP Angus MacNeil and backed by Europhile MPs from across the House, including Tory grandee Kenneth Clarke and Labour's Keith Vaz, this amendment calls for Brexit to be halted by withdrawing the UK's notice of intention to leave under Article 50 of the EU treaties.

New negotiating team

Tabled by Leave-backing Conservative Sir Christopher Chope, with no other signatories, this amendment calls for an extension to May 22 "for the specific purpose of replacing the UK negotiating team".

So what happens on March 29?

It is still impossible to say. If a deal is somehow reached and legislated for then, although the UK will formally leave the EU at 11pm, very little will change as a transition period will smooth progress to the UK's new future.

If there is a delay, the UK will still be in the European Union until the extension period expires.

But if there is a no-deal Brexit, things are a lot more uncertain - the Government has been ramping up preparations to try to prevent shortages of food and medicine amid fears that increased bureaucracy will clog up key ports where goods arrive from the Continent.