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May to put Brexit deal to MPs tomorrow for third time



The ever-evolving chaos over Brexit has taken yet another twist tonight.

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Prevented by the Speaker from putting Mrs May’s EU deal to the Commons a third time, the Government has split the measure in two…detaching the Withdrawal Agreement from the Political Declaration about the future after Brexit, hoping thereby to attract enough votes at least to agree to leave the EU. The DUP are still saying they will vote No and so are others. The prospect of the Government winning is still very much in the balance.

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Fears of no Brexit drive hardliners to May's side



They’ve said no – emphatically and twice – to Theresa May’s Brexit deal, but tomorrow afternoon MPs will have the chance to say what sort of Brexit deal they do want.

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A group of backbench MPs has taken control of Parliament’s agenda and will make the Commons vote on a series of indicative votes. They could include cancelling Brexit altogether or a much softer Brexit. There are signs tonight that faced with that prospect some Tory Brexiteers have decided to back Theresa May’s deal after all. They might yet get a third vote on it this week.

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Brexit deadlock: May holds talks at Chequers amid coup speculation



For a coup, it certainly seemed short-lived. This morning’s newspapers hailed ministers such as Michael Gove and David Lidington as possible successors. By this afternoon those ministers were offering her public support.

But there is little doubt her leadership is in deep trouble and she held talks with some of her fiercest critics from her Brexiter faction today, to try to seek a way forward.

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May dashes to salvage Brexit deal in Brussels



The scene is set for a crisis: MPs indicating they still won’t back the PM’s deal, Theresa May insisting she won’t ask for a long extension, and the EU currently saying nothing except that they might convene an emergency summit next week. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe)

In Britain, over a million people have signed a petition in the last 24 hours calling for Article 50 to be revoked – a possibility that Jeremy Corbyn refused to rule out earlier.

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"You, the public, have had enough." Theresa May's Brexit speech tells MPs to decide



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Read the Prime Minister full Brexit speech here:

Nearly three years have passed since the public voted to leave the European Union.

It was the biggest democratic exercise in our country’s history.

I came to office on a promise to deliver on that verdict.

In March 2017, I triggered the Article 50 process for the UK to exit the EU – and Parliament supported it overwhelmingly.

Two years on, MPs have been unable to agree on a way to implement the UK’s withdrawal.

As a result, we will not now leave on time with a deal on 29 March.

This delay is a matter of great personal regret for me.

And of this I am absolutely sure: you the public have had enough.

You are tired of the infighting.

You are tired of the political games and arcane procedural rows.

Tired of MPs talking about nothing else but Brexit when you have real concerns about our children’s schools, our National Health Service, and knife crime.

You want this stage of the Brexit process to be over and done with.

I agree. I am on your side.

It is now time for MPs to decide.

So today I have written to Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, to request a short extension of Article 50 up to 30 June to give MPs the time to make a final choice.

Do they want to leave the EU with a deal which delivers on the result of the referendum – that takes back control of our money, borders and laws while protecting jobs and our national security?

Do they want to leave without a deal?

Or do they not want to leave at all, causing potentially irreparable damage to public trust – not just in this generation of politicians, but to our entire democratic process?

It is high time we made a decision.

So far, Parliament has done everything possible to avoid making a choice.

Motion after motion and amendment after amendment has been tabled without Parliament ever deciding what it wants.

All MPs have been willing to say is what they do not want.

I passionately hope MPs will find a way to back the deal I have negotiated with the EU.

A deal that delivers on the result of the referendum and is the very best deal negotiable.

I will continue to work night and day to secure the support of my colleagues, the DUP and others for this deal.

But I am not prepared to delay Brexit any further than 30 June.

Some argue that I am making the wrong choice, and I should ask for a longer extension to the end of the year or beyond, to give more time for politicians to argue over the way forward.

That would mean asking you to vote in European elections, nearly three years after our country decided to leave.

What kind of message would that send?

And just how bitter and divisive would that election campaign be at a time when the country desperately needs bringing back together?

Some have suggested holding a second referendum.

I do not believe that is what you want – and it is not what I want.

We asked you the question already and you gave us your answer.

Now you want us to get on with it.

And that is what I am determined to do.

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