Theresa May rejects cabinet pleas to postpone Brexit vote

Britain's May launches high-stakes parliamentary debate on Brexit plan

UK’s Prime Minister Theresa May to face gruelling Brexit battle this week

The European Union's highest court will decide Dec 10 - ahead of the key vote in the U.K. Parliament - on whether Britain should be allowed to reverse Brexit in a landmark ruling that could offer hope to those who want the country to stay in the bloc.

The British Government says it aims to conclude a comprehensive trade deal with the European Union before a backstop arrangement would be needed.

In the Commons, MPs have continued their debate on the Prime Minister's deal, with critic after critic on all sides standing up to say why they don't want to back it.

"(It) would mean an immediate and probably indefinite loss of some security capability which, despite our best efforts, would likely cause some operational disruption when we leave", he said.

The move is likely to be seen as a bid to bolster flagging support for Nrs May ahead of a crunch Commons vote on her European Union withdrawal deal next Tuesday - a showdown the PM made clear on Thursday morning she would not postpone. "Do we extend. the implementation period?"

CHRISTCHURCH is one of just two parliamentary constituencies to back Theresa May's Brexit deal, according to the latest poll. Yes, but not enough to make me think that voting against the deal is the best option - not least because this could end up with Brexit not being delivered at all.

Senior Conservative MP Sir Graham Brady, the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, said he would welcome the vote being deferred if no solution could be found to differences within the party over the backstop. However, the Labour Party is keen to push for a general election, something that could prove an uphill task given the UK's Fixed Term Parliaments Act setting out a five-year period between elections.

Ms Cummins (Bradford South) said: "I plan to vote against the deal on Tuesday".

As investors and allies tried to work out the ultimate destination for the world's fifth-largest economy, the Northern Irish party which props up Mrs May's government said legal advice about the deal was "devastating".

In the advice, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox warns that the Northern Ireland "backstop" could last "indefinitely until a superseding agreement took its place".

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"All week we have heard from Government ministers that releasing this information. could harm the national interest".

Before the prime minister appeared at the despatch box, her government had gone down to defeat for the third time in an hour.

"We're looking at is this question around the backstop and the role of parliament", May said.

In such a case they could consider helping her with "cosmetic" changes to the non-binding political agreement that accompanies the deal.

"In the absence of a right of termination, there is a legal risk the United Kingdom could become subject to protracted and repeating rounds of negotiations", Cox warned.

Mr Grogan (Keighley) said: "The deal the Prime Minister is offering us is reality a blind Brexit".

Deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds said: "The overall context of this is ... a deeply unattractive, unsatisfactory presentation and he (Cox) needs to therefore, rather than recommend this agreement, recommend that it is rejected".

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, said the UK's future is at stake in the Brexit vote on Thursday.

In another blow to May, two dozen Conservative lawmakers voted with the opposition Tuesday to force an amendment to Brexit plans that gives lawmakers more say over what happens next if the deal is defeated in Parliament.

He said that nobody wanted a no-deal Brexit but time had been wasted by the Prime Minister "going down a path that she must have known weeks ago couldn't command a majority in Parliament".

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