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UK lawmakers start voting on 4 Brexit options

AP , Monday 1 Apr 2019
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British lawmakers have started voting on four alternatives to the government's thrice-rejected Brexit deal.

Rather than the usual procedure of voting with their feet by walking through ``aye'' and ``no'' lobbies, members of Parliament are each receiving a paper ballot listing all four options.

Legislators have half an hour to vote before ballots are collected and counted. Results are due around 2100 GMT (5 p.m. EDT).

The options up for votes Monday night in Parliament include two proposals that aim to retain close economic ties between Britain and the European Union. One would keep the UK. in a customs union for goods with the EU after Brexit, while another calls for Britain to stay in the bloc's single market for both goods and services.

Another option wants any Brexit deal to be submitted to a public referendum, and the fourth says Britain should cancel its departure from the EU if it comes within two days of crashing out of the bloc without an agreement.

House of Commons Speaker John Bercow chose the options from eight ideas submitted.

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