May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit

May delay: UK PM asks lawmakers for more time on Brexit

For his part, Bank of England chief Mark Carney warned that leaving the European Union without a transition deal "would be an economic shock for this country", and said Brexit was an "acid test" of the globalised economy.

May told Parliament on Tuesday if she had not yet reached a deal in Brussels, she would deliver another progress report on February 26 and provide another chance for parliament to express its opinion on her approach the following day.

Addressing MPs in the House of Commons, May said she was not yet ready to put an alternative Brexit deal before parliament, saying it may take time to get a revised deal from Brussels.

British Prime Minister Theresa May (L) leaves 10 Downing Street to make a statement to the House of Commons to update on Brexit talks in London, Britain, Feb. 12, 2019.

British lawmakers rejected May's withdrawal deal last month, with the major sticking point being the Irish backstop - an insurance policy to prevent the return of a hard border between the British province Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.

Yet again, this wouldn't amount to binding legal assurances but they are merely political commitments created to offer some leeway in the current Brexit withdrawal agreement.

On January 15, MPs voted it down by 432 votes to 202 in an historic defeat for the prime minister, brought about by opposition to the backstop from within May's own party.

Pro-Brexit MPs in May's Conservative Party are unhappy particularly with a so-called backstop provision meant to keep the border with Ireland free-flowing.

May told members of Parliament that she planned to change the law so that a rule giving them 21 days to consider new treaties wouldn't apply to any deal she gets with the European Union.

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Robbins confirmed that the original plan was for the backstop to be designed not as a "safety net" for the island of Ireland but as "a bridge" to a long-term trading relationship between the European Union and the UK, ITV new claim.

Her statement on Tuesday reiterated she was not willing to budge on her red lines, arguing that a customs union would prevent the United Kingdom from having its own independent trade policy, and that it would be "a less desirable outcome than that which is provided for in the political declaration". But any such move would cost Mrs May the support of a big chunk of her Conservative Party.

Corbyn faces pressure from some of his own MPs, who want him to push for a second referendum.

"I believe we can reach a deal that this House can support", Mrs May told parliament. But earlier in the day the prime minister began clearing the path to rushing through a deal at a very late stage.

He was quizzed by MPs about the state of the Brexit negotiations and his views on how the Irish government is handling its side of the talks.

The EU's Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Monday the bloc would agree to tweak the political declaration on post-Brexit EU-UK ties that forms part of the exit package, to reflect a plan for a closer future relationship that could remove the need for the backstop.

The British government denied on February 13 it was secretly plotting to force MPs into a last-minute choice on Brexit between a rejigged deal or a lengthy delay.

The Brexit uncertainty is beginning to be felt across the economy.

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