Theresa May has promised MPs a vote on delaying the UK’s departure from the EU or ruling out a no-deal Brexit, if they reject her deal next month.
Mrs May is making a statement to MPs on Brexit, amid the threat of a revolt by Remain-supporting ministers.
The prime minister promised MPs a meaningful vote on her Brexit deal by 12 March.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the prime minister of trying to “string” the Brexit process out.
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Theresa May tells MPs she does not want to extend Article 50 but MPs will get to vote on a “short, limited” delay to Brexit if they reject her deal and a no-deal exit.
Addressing the Commons, the prime minister set out a new timetable with a second meaningful vote to be held by 12 March, and if that is defeated, MPs will be asked if they support leaving the EU without a deal.
She told MPs the UK will only leave the EU with no deal if “there is explicit consent for that outcome.”
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In a statement in Downing Street, Mrs May said: “I will contest that vote with everything I have got”.
She said a new prime minister would have to scrap or extend Article 50, the mechanism taking Britain out of the EU on 29 March, “delaying or even stopping Brexit”.
Conservative MPs will vote between 18:00 GMT and 20:00 GMT.
Mrs May said changing Conservative leader would “put our country’s future at risk and create uncertainty when we can least afford it”.
The challenge to Mrs May’s position comes after the required 48 letters calling for a contest were delivered.
Mrs May, who has been prime minister since shortly after the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016, has faced criticism in her party for the Brexit plan she has negotiated.