British MPs back Brexit delay by one vote

Jeremy Corbyn

May seeks fresh Brexit delay, Labour talks

Despite enormous pressure, British MPs have voted down Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal three times this year but have failed to agree on any alternatives.

Mrs May now has until 12 April to either seek a longer extension from the European Union to take a different course or decide to leave the European Union without a deal.

In a move created to commit Jeremy Corbyn to demanding a vote, Labour's shadow foreign minister Emily Thornberry wrote to party colleagues on Thursday insisting that the party mustn't agree to any deal without a referendum attached, saying: "Any deal agreed by Parliament must be subject to a confirmatory public vote, and yes, the other option on the ballot must be Remain".

"If passed, this bill would place a severe constraint on the government s ability to negotiate an extension and reflect this new date in United Kingdom statute books before April 12".

The bill, put forward by Labour Party's Yvette Cooper, now needs to be approved by the House of Lords before it becomes law.

However, he will face a dilemma over whether to push for any deal to be put to a public vote through a second referendum, a key demand of many senior figures in his party and many of its members.

Britain has until April 12 to propose a withdrawal plan to Brussels which must be accepted by 27 member states of the EU.

The MPs agree to a combination of the WA and a new PD plan decided on by Mrs May and Mr Corbyn.

The Prime Minister's offer to meet the Labour leader to try and end the impasse over European Union withdrawal sparked fury among Tory Eurosceptics.

May has said that her deal will still form the basis of any new proposal, but that the political declaration on the future relationship could be altered.

"However, with some colleagues unwilling to support the government in the division lobbies, this is the only way to deliver the smooth, orderly Brexit that we promised and for which the British people voted".

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"The Prime Minister may have issued a revised road map, but business communities still have little sense of the destination", Marshall said in a statement.

The two leaders held initial discussions Wednesday that both described as "constructive", and agreed to appoint teams to continue the talks.

In a third reading, the House of Commons voted by 313 votes to 312 late on Wednesday in favour of forcing Prime Minister Theresa May to seek an extension of the current Brexit date of April 12.

May's last-ditch approach to Corbyn, who is loathed by many of her Conservatives and mocked by May herself as unfit to govern, provoked anger in her febrile party.

May has said that if she can not agree a unified approach with Corbyn, then the government would come up with a number of options on the future relationship with the European Union and put them to parliament in a series of votes.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar plans to meet in Dublin Thursday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss the Brexit impasse.

Speaking in the Commons, Conservative Philip Hollobone said: "The Conservative Party National Convention, the meeting of all local party chairmen, made it clear in February that were Brexit to be delayed so that we take part in European elections that would be a betrayal of the referendum result and inflict untold damage - isn't that right and doesn't he agree?"

At the weekly session of Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, May was assailed by hostile questions from her own side, in a sign of the anger over the change to her Brexit strategy.

But 25 Labour lawmakers warned Corbyn in a letter that support for a referendum would "reduce our chances of winning a general election".

"Perhaps crucially it would demonstrate to the European Union parliamentary support for what the prime minister is asking for", she told parliament during the debate on the legislation.

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