Theresa May to ask MPs for more time on Brexit

Daniel Fowler
February 11, 2019

Housing minister James Brokenshire confirmed May's plans to the BBC: "The government will commit that the meaningful vote - the deal coming back - has not happened by 27 February, then we will allow a further motion, voteable in parliament, to take place, to give that sense of assurance as to the process moving forward".

A customs union is one of the demands made for any deal to get Labour support.

The government has not ruled out supporting this - and has promised a formal response to it and further talks with Labour - but they say it would prevent the United Kingdom from making its own trade deals after Brexit.

She also said she hoped to have further discussions with Labour over the "alternative arrangements" to the backstop to the Northern Irish border which she is seeking to secure with European Union leaders.

But Labour's shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, says he believes the prime minister is "pretending to make progress" on this issue.

On Wednesday, a Conservative lawmaker involved in discussions with the government about changes to the deal said that if May could demonstrate that the European Union was willing to renegotiate, she would buy herself some more time and avoid a potential flashpoint in parliament on February 14. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

Ms Fairbairn told Sky News" Sophy Ridge On Sunday that firms were already planning "price increases and job reductions' in response to a no-deal Brexit.

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When asked if a meaningful vote would happen this month, he said: "If it has not happened, parliament would have further opportunity by no later than 27 February".

Sir Keir earlier said his plan was necessary to put a "hard stop" to Mrs May "running down the clock" before the March 29 deadline.

May wrote Sunday to opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, with whom she has talked since her agreement was emphatically defeated in the House of Commons last month.

There are fewer than 50 days until Brexit.

The UK has signed an agreement with Switzerland ensuring the trading relationship between the two nations will continue after Brexit, the British government said.

When the United Kingdom had been bracing for a hard-Brexit and multinational businesses including financial institutions had been sweeping away their assets from Britain in to other Eurozone countries in order to be connected with the eurozone business following an uncertain Brexit, the UK PM May has again been sent to Brussels to renegotiate a Brexit amendment with the European Union commission.

But it was rejected by the UK Parliament and if it is not approved by Brexit day, the default position would be a no-deal Brexit.

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