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British PM Theresa May seeks way out of parliamentary impasse

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After three days of often chaotic debates over the country's planned departure from the European Union, Britain's Parliament has been clear enough about what it doesn't want; MPs have rejected both the EU separation deal negotiated by Prime Minister Theresa May as well as the option of Britain leaving the EU with no deal whatsoever.

But politicians and legislators are nowhere near agreeing on what they really want; all that has happened is that the battle in London is now largely over technicalities, such as how much extra time Britain should ask from its European partners in order to make sense of its own internal divisions.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 15, 2019, with the headline British PM Theresa May seeks way out of parliamentary impasse. Subscribe