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

11 February 2019

An attempt by Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper and Conservative Nick Boles to give parliament the power to request a delay to Britain's March 29 exit was defeated by lawmakers on January 29, but Boles said he would renew that effort on February 14 if a deal has not been passed by then. Lawmakers will vote on each of the selected amendments one by one, before voting to give final approval to the wording of the motion itself.

The PM is promising another "meaningful vote" in the coming weeks but Labour will seek to take the decision out of her hands.

"We have got to put a hard stop into this running down the clock".

"You've got to decide which of those Brexits you want before we leave - otherwise, we're going to leave without clarity".

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.

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Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning, Brokenshire said if a deal had not been agreed by February 27 then MPs would be allowed to again vote on their own proposals as to what should happen. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

May is due to report back to parliament on her negotiations with the European Union on 13 February, a few weeks after she secured MPs' support to go back to Brussels.

The move led to a backlash from pro-EU Labour MPs, but Starmer defended the approach and warned against a split in the party.

He said: 'The argument just goes on, and by then you'll have left, you'll have paid your money up front, you'll have given up your negotiating leverage.

"We have to keep it together, because in the end, any chance of effective opposition goes if an opposition party starts to lose members from their team".

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Treasury Chief Secretary Liz Truss refused to rule out quitting if Mrs May did accept the demand for a customs union.

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.

Asked if she could stay in office if the government backed a customs union she said: "I absolutely do not think that should be our policy".

Mrs May has so far been met by a wall of resistance from Brussels, which insists the Withdrawal Agreement will not be reopened.

He said the result of the vote had given Mrs May a "clear mandate" to renegotiate her deal.

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