Theresa May speaks during question and answer session in the House of commons in London on Wednesday. Mark Duffy / AFP
Britain's parliament was forced to close early on Thursday after a leak in the 19th century Gothic palace caused water to rain down into the debating chamber.
Lawmakers were debating tax policy when water began cascading into the press area overlooking lawmakers' seats, forcing Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle to suspend the session.
Speaking over the noise of pouring water, Member of Parliament Justin Madders, said: "I hope I can complete my speech before rain stops play. I think there is probably some kind of symbol, about how many people view how broken parliament is, going on there."
Thursday's sitting in the lower chamber, the House of Commons, was then ended more than two hours early.
The upper chamber, the House of Lords, continued to debate Brexit in a separate part of the building.
The Palace of Westminster - parts of which date back to 1097 - has been slipping into disrepair for decades, requiring frequent repairs and upgrades. Much of the crumbling limestone exterior is clad in scaffolding.
Plans are being made for a multi-billion pound restoration programme which could require parliament to be temporarily relocated to a separate building, but the process has been delayed, with many lawmakers opposed to giving up their traditional setting.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday it was unlikely the European Union would reach any decision on Brexit at this week’s summit in Brussels.
As the United Kingdom's three-year Brexit crisis spins towards its finale, it is still uncertain how, when or even if it will leave the European Union, though May hopes to bring her deal back to parliament later this week.
"It is with great regret that I have had to conclude that as things stand, there is still not sufficient support in the House to bring back the deal for a third meaningful vote," May told the House of Commons.
Often described as “floating gold,” it is used for manufacturing expensive perfumes, cosmetics, oils, and some use it for superstitious beliefs that it attracts wealth in a short time.
Sultan Al Burkani, Speaker of the Yemeni Parliament, praised the efforts of the member countries of the Arab Coalition, led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to support Yemen.
International investigators charged four people with murder over the 2014 shooting down of flight MH17 above rebel-held eastern Ukraine in which 298 people were killed.