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The EU will terminate Britain's membership of the bloc on 1 July if the country does not take part in the European elections scheduled for 23-26 May, according to a document seen by the Financial Times.

The prime minister bluntly warned that Britain will be forced to take part in European parliamentary elections expected to place at the end of May if there is a longer extension to Brexit talks.

European Commission Vice President Frans Timmermans told Germany's Funke newspaper group in comments published Saturday that Britain must know why it needs a delay. The argument now is really about what that new deal would look like, and with the extension of Article 50, they have a little more breathing space to process it. Few opposition lawmakers backed the measure and even campaigners for a "people's vote" said the time was not yet right.

Her Cabinet (members) are disloyal and she has lost two major votes on her deal.

She had been forced to offer MPs a vote on delaying Brexit after they rejected her withdrawal agreement by a large margin, for a second time, and then voted to reject a no-deal Brexit.

The government whipped its MPs to vote against all proposed amendments; while the Labour party announced before the vote that it would not formally back any amendment supporting a second referendum.

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"It's not up to European Union countries to say what that is, but the United Kingdom", it said.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, who voted against the Government motion requesting an Article 50 extension, indicated he would prefer a no-deal departure from the bloc to a long delay.

If, however, Mrs May puts her deal to a vote and wins, she will ask for an extension to Article 50 up to June 30 to prepare the legislation for Brexit.

At present the assumption seems to be that the PM can just get on a plane to Brussels, chin-wag for a while then bring back a piece of paper saying they've agreed an extension, then amend the exit date in the Withdrawal Act 2018.

"We are here in the very week when parliament is doing its utmost to betray the Brexit result", Farage said. He also specified his support towards favoring a "public vote" towards Brexit, if the Labour party alternate deal was rejected by Parliament. Senior government sources said it was possible that May would refuse to hold a further meaningful vote on her deal should there be no chance of success. The government confirmed today that it would seek a third "meaningful vote" this Tuesday, 19 March; if the vote does not pass, the United Kingdom will seek an extension to Article 50 at an European Union summit on Thursday 21 March.

May says she wants to minimize any delay but to achieve that she will need parliament to back her deal at the third time by the middle of next week, possibly on Tuesday.

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