Published: Tue, February 26, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

May to offer MPs no-deal Brexit vote

May to offer MPs no-deal Brexit vote

The article, which was written with fellow ministers Richard Harrington and Claire Perry, said: "We can't go on like this, we must act immediately to ensure that we are not swept over the precipice on March 29".

The prime minister promised MPs a meaningful vote on her Brexit deal by 12 March.

The sequence of votes will be proposed in an amendable motion tabled by the Prime Minister for debate and vote in the Commons on Wednesday.

"Third, if the House, having rejected the deal negotiated with the European Union, then rejects leaving on March 29 without a Withdrawal Agreement and future framework, the Government will on March 14 bring forward a motion on whether Parliament wants to seek a short, limited extension to Article 50".

"An extension can not take no-deal off the table", she warned.

"The only way to do that is to revoke Article 50, which I shall not do, or agree a deal".

The Prime Minister said that an extension of Article 50 beyond the end of June would require the United Kingdom to take part in European Parliament elections in May and that a shorter extension would "almost certainly have to be a one-off".

Separately, Mrs May said the government was publishing a paper assessing its readiness for a no-deal Brexit and the "very serious challenges" it would pose. Reuters reported on Monday that May's government was looking at different options, including a possible delay.

According to reports, a group of 23 met at Commons to discuss how to stop Brexit happening without a deal.

Asked if this meant they were ready to resign or be sacked, Ms James said: "If it comes to that, yes".

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Theresa May has caved in to pressure from pro-EU ministers and MPs, offering the Commons a chance to delay Brexit and prevent a no-deal scenario.

If MPs vote for an extension, the Government will "seek to agree that extension approved by the House with the European Union, and bring forward the necessary legislation to change the exit date commensurate with that extension", said Mrs May.

May's decision to give lawmakers more say over the outcome was an attempt to see off a rebellion by lawmakers and ministers in her own party who had warned they could vote on Wednesday with opposition parties to grab control of Brexit.

Responding to the Prime Minister's statement, Jeremy Corbyn confirmed that even if the Prime Minister's deal is approved by MPs, it should be subject to a "confirmatory referendum".

The Prime Minister's critics failed to welcome her u-turn.

"If it's being delayed, which is my suspicion, as a plot to stop Brexit altogether then I think that would be the most grievous error that politicians could commit", he said.

But, if MPs pass up opportunity to "take No Deal off the table" for the second time by voting down the amendment, market participants may not as forgiving with time quickly running out.

"The prime minister's botched deal provides no certainty or guarantees for the future and was comprehensively rejected by this House", Corbyn told parliament.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the prime minister of trying to "string" the Brexit process out. "This is not dithering, it's a deliberate strategy to run down the clock".

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