May urges UK lawmakers: Give me more time to get Brexit deal

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 11, 2019

Should the prime minster fail in her bid to secure concessions from the European Union before her speech, she plans to ask for more time and promise a vote on other Brexit options at the end of February, the Sunday Telegraph and other British media report.

May will promise parliament another vote on other Brexit options if a deal is still not ready by the end of February.

But in an effort to see off attempts to bind the Government's hands, Downing Street is promising another opportunity to table amendments - which are likely to include measures aimed at taking a no-deal Brexit off the table - on February 27.

Tony Blair stepped up his warnings on no-deal Brexit today saying it would be "devastating" for Northern Ireland and breach the Good Friday Agreement.

But there is no commitment to hold a binding vote on the deal itself by the end of the month.

May's housing minister James Brokenshire insisted Sunday that the government had a clear strategy and timeline aimed at getting an agreement that Britain's splintered parliament can pass.

Despite a series of setbacks for those campaigning for another Brexit referendum, Mr Blair said still hoped one might happen when people saw the "true alternatives" the country faces.

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Jeremy Corbyn has accused May of a "cynical" attempt to run down the clock before the March 29 Brexit date in order to leave MPs with a stark choice of accepting her deal or crashing out of the European Union without any agreement. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

It's got to know where we're heading before we leave'.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who has written to the prime minister setting out his demands for a Brexit deal he could support, accused May of an "utterly cynical" approach.

"You've got to decide which of those Brexits you want before we leave - otherwise, we're going to leave without clarity".

Liz Truss, the chief secretary to the Treasury, has refused to rule out resigning if Theresa May agrees to Jeremy Corbyn's Brexit proposals. "It would be economically very, very risky for Britain, and for the peace process in Ireland it would potentially be devastating, ' he told Sky News" Sophy Ridge On Sunday.

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.

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