Brexit: Challenges to May before Valentine's Day votes


The Prime Minister is expected to ask MPs to give her more time to secure changes to her Brexit deal, as well as promising them another say on her plans, in a bid to placate ministers anxious about a no-deal exit.

Theresa May is promising MPs more Brexit votes before the end of February, amid claims she is trying to run down the clock before the UK's departure from the European Union.

May will promise lawmakers a second opportunity to influence the Brexit talks later in the month in a bid to stave off any rebellion from within her own party by those who fear Britain could end up leaving without a deal.

The PM has promised another "meaningful vote" in the coming weeks, but Labour is determined to reduce her wriggle room.

But a member of May's cabinet pledged Sunday to give parliament a further ballot two weeks later - a measure meant to give the premier more time for talks with the EU.

Labour's Brexit vote brigade An amendment, to be tabled by the Labour front bench and pushed by the shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer may struggle if it does not attract cross-party support or get picked up in another guise by a Conservative backbencher.

'We can't allow that to happen, ' Sir Keir said.

An amendment being pushed in Parliament on Thursday would oblige the PM to bring her package back before MPs by February 26 - even if she has not managed to get any more concessions from the EU.

"That gives that sense of timetable, clarity, and goal on what we're doing with the European Union - taking that work forward and our determination to get a deal - but equally knowing that role that parliament very firmly has", Brokenshire told the BBC.

"There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

DIT says that with the agreement the British vehicle industry, which has consistently warned against a no-deal Brexit, could avoid up to £8m a year in tariff charges on their exports that would apply if the agreement had not been reached.

Mr Corbyn said that without an election "we will keep all options on the table - as agreed in our conference motion - including the option of a public vote".

The move led to a backlash from pro-EU Labour MPs, but Mr Starmer defended the approach and warned against a split in the party. Foremost was a demand that May seek a "permanent and comprehensive UK-wide customs union".

She said: 'I'm certain of one thing, it's that it's not going to be as good as if there had not been Brexit, that is for sure.