Brexit delay could force Britain into European parliament elections

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Ms Soubry's amendment instructed the government to publish within seven days "the most recent official briefing document relating to business and trade on the implications of a no-deal Brexit presented to cabinet".

"Our absolute focus should be on working to get a deal and leaving on March 29", she told the parliament.

Labour's Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of "kicking the can down the road", while the chairman of the influential European Research Group of Tory eurosceptics, Jacob Rees-Mogg, raised fears of a "plot to stop Brexit" which would "undermine our democracy".

As a result, Labour plans to put forward or support an amendment to the deal on holding another public vote "to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit being forced on the country", he said.

In her remarks, May offered no support for a second referendum. It is likely to cheer many party members, who have backed calls for a so-called "people's vote".

'I, therefore, welcome tonight's confirmation by the party's leadership.

Though Labour's move is potentially a game-changer, the path to another referendum is far from clear. If it is rejected, lawmakers will vote the next day on whether to leave the bloc without an agreement.

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Speculation is mounting that lawmakers will in a series of votes this week move to delay Britain's withdrawal to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Whilst we have been desperately trying to get May to understand that we must be in the customs union and have a close relationship with the single market.

May wants to change the deal to reassure British lawmakers that the backstop would only apply temporarily.

But EU leaders insist the legally binding withdrawal agreement, which took a year and a half to negotiate, can't be reopened.

A "no deal" Brexit could cause the British economy to shrink by 6% to 9% over the next 15 years, a government report revealed on Tuesday.

One-week implied volatility remains elevated due to the uncertainty over the Brexit amendment votes on Wednesday.

"Third, if the House, having rejected leaving with the deal negotiated with the European Union, then rejects leaving on the 29th of March without a Withdrawal Agreement and future framework, the government will by the 14th of March bring forth a motion on whether Parliament wants to seek a short, limited extension to Article 50, and if the House votes for an extension, 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" to a date estimated to be mid-June.

She also told the House that while her priority remained working with the European Union to achieve a deal that parliament can support, her deadline to achieve that is going to be March 12 at the latest.

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"I still have deep reservations about the idea of having another referendum".

The prime minister is expected to allow her Cabinet to discuss extending the deadline beyond March 29 at a crunch meeting on Tuesday, one of the people said.

But Donohue added that Ireland would not block any potential extension, calling May's concession to pro-EU British lawmakers in her party an "important development".

"I believe that in the situation we are in, an extension would be a rational solution, " Tusk told reporters at an EU-Arab League summit in Egypt after talks with May that he said included discussions over extending the Brexit process. That alone means that May has failed in her primary responsibility following the 2017 General Election - when she failed to deliver a majority - which was to deliver Brexit.

Reuters reported on Monday that Mrs May's government was looking at different options including a possible delay. "It doesn't resolve the issue".

In a dramatic Commons statement, she told MPs that they would be given a vote on postponing Brexit beyond 29 March if they rejected her withdrawal agreement with Brussels next month.

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