UK MPs will vote on a Brexit delay after Parliament ruled out a “no deal” exit from the European Union.
MPs voted to reject the no deal Brexit under any circumstances by a narrow 312 to 308 margin, just 16 days before the country is due to leave the EU.
Previous votes had indicated only a minority of the House of Commons supported leaving without a deal.
However, the vote is not binding and the UK could still leave without a deal having been made.
Currently, a no-deal exit would cause chaos at the border and cause a short term economic shock.
It could also affect markets and impact food and medicines.
MPs will vote on whether to ask the EU for permission to delay its departure on Thursday local time.
An extension could be short or long, depending on if MPs support Prime Minister Theresa May’s current withdrawal deal by 20 March.
Mrs May said after the result of the vote was read out, the options were still the same.
“The legal default in EU and UK law is that the UK will leave without a deal unless something else is agreed,” she said.
“The onus is now on every one of us in this House to find out what that is.”
The result came after the House of Commons rejected a no-deal Brexit a day earlier by a 321 to 278 vote.
The vote was on a government motion that the UK should not leave the EU without a deal but have the option of a no-deal Brexit.
It followed the first vote on the no-deal Brexit by a margin of four for an outright rejection.
MPs also voted to reject a plan to delay the UK’s departure from the EU until 22 May, to produce a “managed no-deal” Brexit.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said that Parliament must now take control of the Brexit process.
He said his party will work to seek a compromise solution.
MPs will be asked on Thursday if they want to delay Brexit until June 30.
It will allow the legislation to pass parliament.
However, it will only occur if MPs support Mrs May’s deal by March 20.
The EU is most likely to agree to a short extension possibly before elections.
Other possible options could be a second referendum or a snap election.
If they don’t support the deal by then, it could clash with the European Parliament elections in May.
“I do not think that would be the right outcome,” Mrs May said.
“But the House needs to face up to the consequences of the decisions it has taken.”