Brexit: Theresa May Begging MPs for More Time to Amend Her 'Deal'

She is expected to ask parliament to reaffirm its support for her plan to try and renegotiate the part of the deal relating to the future of the Ireland-Northern Ireland border.

May is set to address parliament about the state of negotiations by Wednesday at the latest, with MPs set to vote on Thursday on how to proceed.

The government has not ruled out supporting this - and has promised a formal response to it and further talks with Labour - but they say it would prevent the United Kingdom from making its own trade deals after Brexit.

"It's this blinkered approach that's got us to where we are, with her never wanting to see where the real majority is in parliament".

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said: "I think that gives that sense of timetable, clarity and objective on what we are doing with the European Union - taking that work forward and our determination to get a deal - but equally knowing that role that Parliament very firmly has".

The prime minister is aiming to allay lawmaker concern that, unless they vote to take control of the process and order her to seek an extension of European Union negotiations, they will have lost their chance to avoid a no-deal Brexit. It is likely that many amendments similar to those debated on January 29 will be proposed, including attempts to shift control of the process away from government and give parliament a chance to define Brexit. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

The impasse risks a chaotic departure that would hurt the economy.

Before the debate begins, lawmakers will have to agree to the proposed timetable for the debate - now just one day. He pledged to give parliament a fresh vote on Britain's options by February 27 if May does not come back with new concessions before then.

Britain's economic slowdown should not be blamed entirely on Brexit, British Trade Minister Liam Fox said on Monday after data showed the economy previous year grew at its slowest since 2012.

Labour has said it will seek to force Mrs May into a decisive second Commons showdown on her Brexit deal by the end of the month.

The IWH focused on job losses after a no-deal Brexit as a result of a drop in exports to the UK.

The UK can not negotiate new free trade agreements, with countries such as the United States of America, while we are still an European Union member. The backstop is the main obstacle to securing agreement on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU.

Vanessa Coleman

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