Minister warns of 'Brexit paralysis' if MPs snub May's deal

Minister warns of 'Brexit paralysis' if MPs snub May's deal

Brexit leads the papers on Thursday as Prime Minister Theresa May offered MPs new assurances over the backstop if they back her deal.

MPs are due to vote on her withdrawal agreement on Tuesday night, but it is widely anticipated that it will be defeated, with backbench Brexiteers and the DUP vehemently opposed to both the Northern Irish backstop clause and the £39bn divorce bill.

It states that if May loses the vote next week, she must explain her next steps within three parliamentary sitting days - by the latest, Monday January 21. With the United Kingdom set to exit the United Kingdom in less than 80 days, legislation passed previously allowed her three weeks to come up with another Brexit plan.

Mr Hunts comments came just days before Tuesday's vote on the Brexit deal, when MPs will have to decide whether to block it or give it the green light. She was expected to lose that vote by a massive majority.

On Wednesday, the House of Commons voted to prevent the government delaying key decisions as Brexit approaches. I have been in contact with European leaders since then about MPs' concerns.

"MPs are all reflecting, and what they're all thinking is what is the best way that we can be true to our manifesto and true to our constituents and make sure that we really do deliver for our voters the Brexit deal that we promised".

A series of MPs rose to complain that the vote should not go ahead as the Government motion should not be amendable. This allows amendments to be put by the Remain wing demanding that the United Kingdom stay in the EU Single Market and Customs Union post-Brexit, as well as other amendments seeking to delay the process.

Image: The Commons will vote on Mrs May's deal on Tuesday. May had been working on the assumption that Bercow would discard the amendment for procedural reasons, as was his prerogative.

For now, May is sticking to her guns.

This is, in short, a massive ruling by the Speaker, made, apparently, against the advice of the Commons Clerk, Sir David Natzler. And there is no clear majority in Parliament for any single alternate course. "Everything from a "managed no-deal" to a further referendum, via a 'Norway option, ' or a reheated version of the current deal could be on the table". She pledged to get these changes over the recess - she failed.

Conservative managers have held behind-the-scenes talks with MPs over the past few weeks to win over opponents to her deal.

'But it is also the intention if that were not to take place, that we would respond quickly and provide certainty on the way forward following that vote'. Most commentators had expected one to be moved following the vote on May's deal next week.

We are focused on getting any possible vote in favour of the PM's deal", he told BBC radio, adding, "I don't think the British public are served by fantasies about magical alternative deals.

Richard Leonard has refused to confirm whether Labour would campaign for or against Brexit in any potential general election.

"Clearly, Labour does not have enough MPs in parliament to win a confidence vote on its own".

"That is why we truly hope that a no-deal Brexit will be avoided, and in fact that is the whole wish of the whole world".

The Independent says that MPs are planning a push for a second referendum.

He said: "If we have a guarantee that works on workers' rights and conditions, that's significant".

Speaking at a press conference in Romania, Juncker said: "We are in touch on a constant basis with Number 10 and we'll see what happens between now and Tuesday".

With 79 days until exit day, "if you take out the weekends and Fridays when Parliament doesn't sit, that is about 40 days to resolve this mess", he added.

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