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Factbox: Brexit multiple choice – How will UK parliament’s indicative votes work?

LONDON (Reuters) – British lawmakers will wrest control of the Brexit process from the government on Wednesday in order to try to find a majority for an alternative way forward that could break the parliamentary deadlock.

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaks in Parliament in London, Britain March 25, 2019, ©UK Parliament/Mark Duffy/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

They will hold so-called indicative votes on a variety of possible Brexit outcomes.

Below is how the process will work:

WHAT OPTIONS COULD BE VOTED ON AND HOW WILL THEY BE CHOSEN?

The debate is due to start by 1500 GMT. House of Commons Speaker John Bercow will select which of the proposals will be put to a vote. He will choose from a range of options put forward by lawmakers which include the following:

1) An international trade agreement which enables Britain to participate in a post-Brexit customs union with the EU

2) A Brexit deal which must include, as a minimum, a commitment to negotiate a permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs Union with the EU.

3) Revoking Article 50 if parliament does not consent to leaving without a deal

4) Confirmatory public vote to approve Brexit deal before it is ratified by parliament

5) Remain a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) and reapply to join the European Free Trade Association (EFTA).

6) Common Market 2.0, an enhanced Norway-style deal which would include membership of the EUs single market as well as a customs arrangement with the EU.

7) Opposition Labour Party plan for a close economic relationship with the EU including a comprehensive customs union and close alignment with the Single Market

8) Malthouse Compromise Plan A – Closely modelled on Mays deal but replacing the Irish backstop with an arrangement based around a zero-tariff free trade agreement which relies on technical solutions to move checks on goods away from the border

9) Leaving without a deal

10) Require UK government to secure the consent of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly before Brexit can happen

HOW WILL LAWMAKERS VOTE?

The options selected by the Speaker will be included on a ballot paper and lawmakers will be asked to vote “aye” or “noe” to each of them. They will be able to vote for as many of the proposals as they wish.

Conservative lawmaker Oliver Letwin, who led the process to seize control from the government, told parliament on Monday that lawmakers would have to be willing to support more than one option in order to find a majority.

“We will all have to seek compromise. We almost know that if we all vote for our first preference, we will never get to a majority solution,” he said. “I do not believe there is a majority in favour of the first preferences of any person in this House.”

WHAT TIME WILL THE RESULT BE ANNOUNCED?

Lawmakers are due to take control of parliamentary business at 1400 GMT. The debate is due to end at 1900 GMT and lawmakers will then be given 30 minutes to record their votes.

The Speaker can then announce the results at any time before the close of parliamentary business. It is expected after 2100 GMT.

The result could show no majority for any option, a majority for several options or even a majority for all options.

WILL THIS BE THE END OF IT?

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