May drags Brexit deal deadline to March

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An ITV News correspondent says he overheard negotiator Olly Robbins in a Brussels bar saying the government would ask Parliament in late March to back her agreement, rejected by lawmakers last month, or seek an extension to the Brexit deadline.

The group including Labour MP Yvette Cooper and Tory former ministers Sir Oliver Letwin and Nick Boles said their plan was created to prevent the country drifting into a no-deal Brexit "by accident".

The announcement came as Mrs May urged MPs to "hold their nerve" and support her efforts to secure a withdrawal deal which will deliver Brexit on time.

"The Prime Minister has been absolutely clear we're leaving the EU, we're leaving the customs union, we're leaving the single market".

The Scottish government has stepped up its preparations for a no-deal Brexit as it again called on Theresa May to rule out the possibility.

In this image taken from video, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May gives a statement about progress on Brexit talks to members of parliament in the the House of Commons, London, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2019.

She added: "The prime minister can only get away with that if the House of Commons allows her to get away with that, and the longer it does the more complicit it will become in the disaster that eventually unfolds".

After talks in Strasbourg at the European Parliament, U.K. Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said there was "a lot of goodwill on both sides" to achieve a deal.

The EU says the backstop is vital to avoiding the return of border controls in Ireland and has refused to reopen the Brexit divorce deal, though May insists she can get legally binding changes to replace the most contentious parts of the backstop.




A Downing Street spokesperson said they would not respond to reports of a private conversation.

The move points to deep splits within Labour over Brexit.

Many of Labour's younger, newer supporters who propelled the veteran socialist to the party leadership want to stay in the European Union - but numerous seats Labour holds in parliament are in pro-Brexit hotbeds.

There was speculation at Westminster some ministers opposed to a no-deal Brexit break could be prepared to resign to support the amendment when it comes to a vote in two weeks' time.

The United Kingdom is on course to leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal unless May can persuade the bloc to amend the divorce deal she agreed previous year and get it approved by British lawmakers.

According to The Sun, if the United Kingdom prime minister's deal is not ratified by mid-March, a new bill will force the delay of Brexit, possibly by many months. March, leave. The agreement on the modalities of the withdrawal, the May with the European Union, which had already been negotiated fell through in mid-January in the British Parliament.

With 45 days to go, former attorney general Dominic Grieve warned that time was running perilously short for ratification of any deal under the terms of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act.

Following meetings with Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel she told reporters: "We feel obligated to do everything for a deal, but it certainly it has to be a fair deal. and there we unfortunately still have a bit of work ahead of us".

MEPs, meanwhile, are to vote today on laws to prevent disruption for airlines and hauliers in the case of a no-deal Brexit.

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