London: British MPs voted against four possible alternative plans for Brexit on Monday after also rejecting the government’s deal with the EU three times. Proposed alternatives for retaining much closer economic ties after leaving the European Union, holding a second referendum or stopping Brexit to prevent a no-deal departure all failed to win a majority of votes in parliament. The second referendum proposal garnered the most votes in favour — 280 — but was beaten by 292 votes against.
The next most voted option was a plan to stay in a permanent customs union with the EU. It won 273 votes but there were 276 votes against, raising hopes among its supporters that the idea could be revived. Following the vote, the government said the results demonstrated that its plan was the best and hinted that it could be put before parliament once again this week.