Theresa May to ask MPs for more time on Brexit talks

Theresa May to ask MPs for more time on Brexit talks

Prime Minister Theresa May will pledge this week to give parliament another chance to voice their opinions on Brexit by February 27 as she tries to buy more time to negotiate a new deal with the European Union.

May later told business leaders in a phone call that extending the Article 50 Brexit process would serve no objective.

The prime minister has struck a conciliatory tone in her response and said she looked forward to the two parties meeting again "as soon as possible" to discuss ways forward on Brexit.

The letter comes as the prime minister accused of running down the clock in order to force MPs to back her Brexit deal.

The great worry is if Britain crashes out of the bloc without a trade deal that would put serious impediments including tariffs on EU-U.K. trade, which will damage both sides. He has also faced pressure from some of his MPs to push for another public vote on Brexit.

We heard from the leader of the house that the next meaningful vote may not happen until after the European Union summit on the 21 March, just days before Brexit is due to happen...

The Brexiteer frontbencher refused to say what the cut-off date would be for the necessary legislation to get through the Commons to allow the United Kingdom to leave the European Union as planned on March 29.

The EU's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Monday the bloc would agree to tweak the political declaration on post-Brexit EU-UK ties that form part of the exit package, to reflect a plan for a closer future relationship that could remove the need for the backstop.

If a deal has not been agreed with Brussels then new votes on February 27 could hand power over to Parliament giving MPs a say on what happens next.

But the PM's official spokesman pointed out that by the time the 21-day period to consider the Brexit treaty kicked in, MPs would already have passed judgment on it in the "meaningful vote" and the Withdrawal Agreement Bill.

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The companies that run the Channel tunnel are suing the British government over its award of ferry contracts to handle freight shipments in a no-deal Brexit, just days after the 13.8 million-pound ($17.8 million) contract with Seaborne was scrapped when it became clear the company - which doesn't own any ships - wouldn't meet its requirements.

"It is the only way of giving the House of Commons the time to produce a consensus about a positive way forward if the PM can not get her deal through by mid-March".

She has responded to a letter from Jeremy Corbyn, setting out his conditions to support a Brexit deal.

May returned to Brussels this month after MPs backed Tory MP Sir Graham Brady's arrangement to replace the backstop with "alternative arrangements" yet to be defined.

But Labour pledged to oppose the move, accusing the Government of showing "contempt for our democracy".

Former attorney general Dominic Grieve warned that time was running short for the ratification of a deal under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act.

However, allies insist May remains opposed to a customs union that, as well as threatening to split her party, would prevent trade deals with non-EU countries, which she sees as one of Brexit's main benefits.

"What matters ultimately is the policy of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet".

Prime Minister Theresa May has urged MPs to "hold their nerve" after saying she needed "some time" to secure legally-binding changes to the Irish backstop from Brussels.

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