May to promise new Brexit debate in push for more negotiating time

  • May to promise new Brexit debate in push for more negotiating time

May to promise new Brexit debate in push for more negotiating time

While 49 percent of those surveyed believe that a no-deal Brexit will result in an economic catastrophe for the country, 33 percent would back it.

The promise is a bid to avert a showdown on Thursday, when parliament is set to vote on the next moves in the Brexit process.

The survey was conducted among 1,503 adult respondents across the United Kingdom on February 4-8.

May wants to win over lawmakers in her Conservative Party with changes relating to the Northern Irish border, but the EU has refused to reopen that part of the deal and instead wants May to pursue a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party by agreeing closer UK-EU ties. Both London and Brussels are therefore concerned over the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

Jeremy Corbyn has accused May of a "cynical" attempt to run down the clock before the March 29 Brexit date in order to leave MPs with a stark choice of accepting her deal or crashing out of the European Union without any agreement.

Challenged on whether there would be a vote on the deal this month, rather than on another series of amendments, he said: "If the meaningful vote has not happened, so in other words things have not concluded, then Parliament would have that further opportunity by no later than 27 February".

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is meeting European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt will visit Paris and Warsaw for talks this week.

"We shouldn't be put in a position where the clock is run down and the Prime Minister says it's either my deal or even worse".

Labour's Brexit policy chief Keir Starmer told the Sunday Times newspaper that his party would seek to use the debate in parliament this week to prevent May from waiting until the last minute to come back with a deal, and compel her to present a fresh accord for lawmakers to consider before February 26.

The Shadow Brexit Secretary said: "We have got to put a hard stop into this running down the clock, and that's what we want to do this week".

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson told the Andrew Marr Show that if those conditions were not met then his party could move to supporting a second referendum.

The Treasury Chief Secretary said: "As the deadline approaches, minds get focused and a deal gets done".

Speaking on Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Blair said: "No one could responsibly propose (a no-deal Brexit)".

Asked if she could stay in office if the Government backed a customs union she said: "I absolutely do not think that should be our policy".