Published: Mon, February 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

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

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

As we get ever closer to Brexit, ministers have indicated that MPs will get the chance to vote again on Theresa May's Brexit strategy but it is not clear when and how.

Brexit minister Stephen Barclay will meet European Union negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday ahead of a crunch moment in parliament on Thursday, when lawmakers will try to force May to change course or give up control of the exit process.

The EU has thus far insisted that it will not reopen negotiations.

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.

Hardliners in the Belgian capital are determined to "punish" and "humiliate" the United Kingdom for daring to leave the bloc, the former Brexit Secretary said.

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

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said Parliament would get to pass judgment on May's Brexit plan "no later than February 27".

"We would have a hard border, a very hard border, no-deal Brexit means a really hard border between the north and south of Ireland".

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29 but has yet to find a deal which is acceptable to both Brussels and lawmakers at home, raising the prospect of a disorderly exit that could damage the world's fifth largest economy.

"We can't allow that to happen", he said. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

Ms Truss warned that the Labour leader's offer to the prime minister last week "does not deliver on what we want as a country".

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson told the Andrew Marr Show that if those conditions were not met then his party could move to supporting a second referendum.

'And for the country to do that, as Theresa May wants to do - to leave without knowing what Brexit you get - this would be, in my view, an incredibly foolish thing for the country to do.

"Or the only way to break the impasse is to have a public vote, and that remains our policy".

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.

Meanwhile Ms Lagarde, speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai, issued her own warning, stating that whatever happened the UK's trading relationship with Europe would not be as good as before Brexit.

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