Brexit: Theresa May faces 'meaningful vote' on her deal

Brexit: Theresa May faces 'meaningful vote' on her deal

His party has also threatened a confidence vote in her government. "Time is nearly up", Juncker wrote.

What is certain is that tempers will fray as a no-deal Brexit looms and as the tension mounts we could see Cabinet resignations and more calls for May to step aside.

He told MPs in the House of Commons: "For parliament to attempt in any way to thwart or block Brexit by any means would be an act of vanity and self indulgence that would create a breach of trust between parliament and the people, with potentially unknowable consequences". He said the contract needed to be honored.

"This bill would do the following, it would give the government three more weeks to get a compromise deal, a plan B, through parliament so that we are leaving the European Union on time on March 29 with a deal", said Nick Boles, one of the ex-ministers behind the plan, on Monday.

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The Prime Minister acknowledged the deal was "not perfect", but urged MPs who had come out against it to give it a "second look". "So we should have a general election and failing that, we should put the matter back to the people". But whether the opposition has the numbers to topple the government is unclear.

May's Conservative Party has 317 lawmakers.

"The truth remains that by the end of 2020 the United Kingdom will face a choice of either extending the transition period, which comes at an unknown financial cost, or we will fall into the backstop which the Attorney General said endures indefinitely until such time as an agreement supersedes it".

It is not clear what May's "Plan B" is, but some local media have reported she would ask parliament to vote again on the deal, perhaps after seeking another set of reassurances from the EU.

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A handful of Conservative MPs have changed their minds to back the deal, but a junior minister resigned on Monday so he could vote against it - and the core of May's critics say she has not done enough. Business groups expressed alarm at the prospect of a "no-deal" exit. "This is normally a resilient bunch and they're looking on with horror at the political machinations", Federation of Small Businesses head Mike Cherry told Channel 5 News.

He said he would be praying for the country ahead of the vote.

Tory former Brexit minister Suella Braverman also issued a blistering attack on Mrs May's deal, saying it "is not Brexit". The vote had been abruptly postponed five weeks ago after the Prime Minister conceded that it would have been soundly defeated due to concerns over the fate of Britain's only land border, with Ireland.

"I'm sure that whatever the bureaucratic, technical, logistical difficulties there may be... they can be overcome with a spirit of optimism and determination".

At the same time, opponents of May's deal looked to ways to maximize the scale of her defeat in an effort to move the debate on.

"This is a bitter day for Europe". Both opponents and supporters of Brexit have said the backstop would require Britain to obey European Union rules indefinitely, long after it has given up say in shaping them.

"We must have the courage to vote down this lamentable deal and kill it off once and for all".

There was one sliver of hope for May during Monday night's debate.

It was previously thought only ministers could extend the two-year Article 50 process which, which governs how a member state leaves the EU.

Tim Bale, professor of politics at Queen Mary University of London, said May was unlikely to get changes to her deal from that could "placate her Brexiteers".

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