Theresa May opens door to delaying Brexit beyond March 29

Wednesday, 27 Feb, 2019

While Mrs May maintains that she would rather her Agreement be passed and "does not want to see an extension to Article 50" and that "a short extension would have to be a one-off", she will face backlash from Brexiteer MPs over what will be seen as a betrayal of the June 2016 referendum, and pledges by the prime minister that the country will leave on March 29th.

It remains unclear whether there is a majority in parliament in favour of holding another public vote and Labour lawmaker Stephen Kinnock said while he was pleased parliament would get a chance to express its view, he also had concerns.

The comments, which are likely to further irritate Tory Eurosceptics, strongly suggest an extension is most likely to result in the softening of May's proposed deal in order to bring Labour MPs on board.

Speaking to parliament, May told lawmakers they could vote on March 14 on a motion requesting a "short, limited extension" to the scheduled March 29 departure date if, on March 12, they rejected the Brexit deal she reached with Brussels.

"Let me be clear, I do not want to see Article 50 extended".

Britons voted by 52-48 percent in favour of leaving the European Union in a referendum in 2016.

Mr Watson has moved to create a new group inside Labour to promote the "social democrat" tradition represented by many MPs who do not endorse Mr Corbyn's far left-wing agenda.

Lawmakers are due to hold a series of votes Wednesday on next steps in the Brexit process.

"In light of what she knows, it is utterly irresponsible for the Prime Minister to keep a no-deal Brexit on the table given the extreme damage it will do", he said. "Why would we take a decision on whipping before it is absolutely necessary?" one cabinet source said.

Asked if she would risk resigning or being sacked, she signalled the three had "every reason to hope" that "things would progress more smoothly" because the Prime Minister would give a concession.

But May also warned that delaying Brexit next month would increase the risk of exiting the European Union without a deal further down the line.

Clark, Rudd and Gauke then wrote in the Daily Mail that Brexit should be delayed if a deal was not passed by mid-March.

Tory MP Dame Caroline Spelman and Labour's Jack Dromey said they would press ahead with an amendment for debate on Wednesday paving the way for the bill, drawn up by Labour's Yvette Cooper and Conservative Sir Oliver Letwin.

Several sources said the Treasury secretary, Liz Truss, called the trio "kamikaze" cabinet ministers in the meeting.

Meanwhile, the members of the European parliament supported this new proposal. "But ultimately we felt like we had been left with no other option".

Ms James told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "As D-Day approaches I think we felt honour-bound to actually do something to help prevent such catastrophe".

A Labour MP claims the party has been "too apologetic" over accusations of widespread anti-Semitism.

Earlier, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said no-deal preparedness was well advanced in one area: stockpiling. "You can probably only pull that cord once", a Whitehall source said.

Umunna said it painted "a disastrous picture of the catastrophe which would befall our country if there is a no-deal Brexit".

"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, acknowledging that he and British Prime Minister Theresa May had discussed prolonging the negotiations.