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Theresa May’s Brexit Plan Faces Another Defeat In Parliament

It was another defeat for Theresa May’s Brexit plan on Wednesday in parliament.  The defeat comes only sixteen days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.  This has raised the question of whether Brexit will occur on the scheduled date or at all.

The parliament is due to vote again today on a last-minute Brexit delay, and Prime Minister Theresa May could seek to use the prospect of a long extension to push lawmakers to back her EU divorce deal which has been rejected twice now in parliament.

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Lawmakers defeated the prime minister’s deal by three hundred ninety-one to two hundred forty-two.

Earlier on Tuesday, the prime minister had laid out the potential consequences of defeat, saying if parliament rejects her plan, then Brexit could be lost.

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Well, they went ahead and rejected the plan anyway.  With the days counting toward Brexit, and no firm agreement in place to smooth the transition, Finance Minister, Philipplan  Hammond says may’s plan was back on the agenda.

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Donald Tusk, Head of the European council, said he favored a long extension if London asked for one.  One official said that means a delay of at least a year.

The other 27 EU member states must agree to any extension.

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New Zealand To Confront Erdogan Over Christchurch Mosque Shootings Comment

New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has on Wednesday said that Foreign Minister Winston Peters would travel to Turkey to “confront” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on comments made concerning the Christchurch mosque shootings and over his decision to use footage of the Christchurch terrorist attack at his election rallies.

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In the wake of the twin attacks, which saw 50 killed and dozens injured, Erdogan said Turkey would make the suspected attacker “pay for it” if New Zealand should do nothing about it.

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The first burials of victims from the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand were held on Wednesday, five days after fifty persons were gunned down at two mosques in the city.

The bodies of 30 victims had been approved for release to be reunited with their families, Ardern said.

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Burials for the victims began on Wednesday morning amid aggravation over the delay, as under Islam bodies are usually buried within 24 hours.

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Britain’s Theresa May Writes EU To Delay Brexit Till June

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Britain's Theresa May Writes EU To Delay Brexit Till June

British Prime Minister, Theresa May, has beaten the Thursday deadline for requesting a Brexit extension from the European Union.  She requested an extension till June.  The request for extension is necessary because the country will not be ready to leave by the original divorce date of March the 29th.   In fact, the country is now much further away from being ready.

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Speaker of the House, John Bercow, has ruled that Prime Minister may cannot present her deal for another vote unless there is a significant change in it.  That ruling has brought a Brexit that was teetering and limping to a standstill.

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At the moment, British law says its membership of the EU will end on March the 29th regardless of whether there is a deal in place.

All eyes will be on a pivotal summit of the European council on Thursday during which European leaders could discuss may’s extension request.  The EU may decide to grant the extension till June, or it could propose years.

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New Zealand: Families Bury Victims From Christchurch Attack

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New Zealand: Families Bury Victims From Christchurch Attack

The first burials of victims from the massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand were held on Wednesday, five days after fifty persons were gunned down at two mosques in the city.

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Thirteen bodies were released by Wednesday afternoon.  Police authorities say most of the rest of the corpses will be released by the evening.

Prime Minister, Jacinda Adern, says she “shared the frustration” of the families who had not been able to bury their loved ones.

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Eight victims remain in critical condition in intensive care.  Twenty-nine persons overall are still in Christchurch hospital receiving treatment for injuries sustained during the mass shootings.

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