Asia trades mostly lower amid fresh uncertainties over Brexit

Asia Pacific markets were mostly lower on Wednesday amid fresh global uncertainties after lawmakers again rejected the terms of a deal for Britain to withdraw from the .

Japan‘s fell nearly 1 percent to 21,290.24 while the Topix index was down 0.84 percent at 1,592.07. The index in South Korea retraced some of its earlier losses and declined 0.41 percent to 2,148.41 while Hong Kong‘s slipped 0.52 percent.

Mainland Chinese shares were also lower. The was down 1.09 percent at 3,026.95 while the Shenzhen composite fell 2.31 percent.

In Australia, the dropped 0.22 percent to 6,161.20 as some of the sectors turned positive before market close. The energy sector fell 0.88 percent as oil stocks struggled for gains.

That was despite a small uptick in overnight oil prices after a Saudi official said in April to below 7 million barrels per day as it seeks to drain a global supply glut.

Oil prices continued their upward trend on Wednesday during Asian hours. rose 0.7 percent to $57.27 a barrel while international benchmark was up 0.46 percent at $66.98 at 3:29 p.m. HK/SIN.

Consumer sentiment in Australia deteriorated in March, falling to its lowest level since September 2017, according to a report issued by Westpac Bank and the Melbourne Institute. Respondents were said to have been reacting to a slowdown in Australian economic growth in the second half of last year.