Setbacks for May as MPs debate Brexit before historic vote

Setbacks for May as MPs debate Brexit before historic vote

May postponed the vote on the deal last month after admitting that her government would have faced a humiliating defeat.

Mr Hunts comments came just days before Tuesday's vote on the Brexit deal, when MPs will have to decide whether to block it or give it the green light.

This latest vote would mark the government's second defeat in 24 hours, as May was humiliated on Tuesday when a powerful cross-party coalition of MPs voted in favor of an amendment to limit the government in preparing for a no-deal Brexit.

Losing the vote would deepen the uncertainty over the future of Brexit, Britain's biggest shift in foreign and trade policy for more than 40 years, and open the way for several different outcomes, ranging from a disorderly exit to another referendum.

The government previously had 21 days to report back to Parliament.

The Sun says the Speaker was "out of order" as MPs accused him of trying to "scupper Brexit".

With time running out for the Prime Minister to shore up support for her controversial exit plan, Government sources told the Press Association that supporting an opposition bid to enshrine European Union standards was being considered. But the bloc refuses to reopen the agreement, and opposition to the negotiated deal remains strong among British lawmakers. "These discussions have shown that further clarification over the backstop is possible and those talks will continue over the next few days", May said.

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The Foreign Secretary warned that if the Prime Minister's deal is not passed by MPs in next week's "meaningful vote" that it could lead to a "Brexit paralysis" which could mean the United Kingdom doesn't leave the EU.

"Isn't the prime minister bringing back exactly the same deal she admitted would be defeated four weeks ago?" he asked.

Ms Rudd said it was "right" for the Government to make preparations for a no-deal Brexit, comparing it to wearing a seatbelt when driving a fast vehicle. Economists and businesses warn that would cause economic turmoil, as goods moving between Britain and the European Union suddenly faced customs checks, tariffs and other barriers.

Richard Leonard has refused to confirm whether Labour would campaign for or against Brexit in any potential general election. There's no guarantee Labour could marshal the majority support in Parliament needed to topple the government - and even if it did, a new election would not automatically stop the Brexit countdown clock.

Britain's de-facto deputy prime minister, David Lidington, said politicians must abandon "fantasies about magical alternative deals that are somehow going to sort of spring out of a cupboard in Brussels".

He said: "It's evident that there are a range of views inside the Labour Party about what our stance should be and there are people, like Ian Murray, who are absolutely clear that we should be arguing and that we should be standing on a platform which is to reverse the decision of the referendum".

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