Theresa May Promises U.K. Lawmakers Brexit Vote by February 27

  • Theresa May Promises U.K. Lawmakers Brexit Vote by February 27

Theresa May Promises U.K. Lawmakers Brexit Vote by February 27

Liam Fox, the International Trade Secretary, described Labour's plan as a "dangerous delusion", while Boris Johnson, the former foreign secretary, accused Mr Corbyn of trying to trap Mrs May into a "toxic" Brexit.

In a letter to Jeremy Corbyn, she questioned his call for a customs union with Brussels, but offered concessions in other areas and said she wanted talks between Labour and Tory teams "as soon as possible".

Last week Mr Corbyn wrote to Mrs May setting out five demands - including a permanent customs union and close alignment with the single market - that would have to be met for his MPs to support a deal.

Laughing as he spoke, he said: "It is, in fact, the same protagonists for Brexit and a no-deal who do not have the courage either to put the issue to a peoples' vote".

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said his "key question" about Mrs May's response was: "Is she prepared to move her red lines and find a consensus?"

"I'm certain of one thing, is that it's not going to be as good as if they had not been Brexit, that is for sure", Lagarde said. "But, the solution to this has to be to get Jeremy Corbyn, or the Labour Party, or indeed Parliament as a whole, to come behind a deal".

Britain is due to leave the European Union on 29 March but has yet to find a deal which is acceptable to both Brussels and lawmakers at home, raising the prospect of a disorderly exit that could damage the world's fifth largest economy.

If no deal on the changes to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been reached with Brussels by Wednesday, as seems overwhelmingly likely, Mrs May will address MPs on progress made, say more time is needed for negotiations, and table a "neutral motion" for debate the following day.

Mrs May is to give a statement to Parliament on Tuesday, a day earlier than planned.

Lawmakers may be unnerved by the latest round of financial data, which showed Monday that Britain's economy slowed previous year to its weakest growth rate since the global financial crisis.

In the fourth quarter, British business investment fell 1.4 percent for the fourth straight quarterly decline - the first time that has happened since the 2008 financial crisis.

But in the case of a "no-deal" Brexit, those agreements will no longer apply to Swiss-British relations, and the new bilateral trade agreement between the two countries will kick in.

The prime minister is aiming to allay lawmaker concern that, unless they vote to take control of the process and order her to seek an extension of European Union negotiations, they will have lost their chance to avoid a no-deal Brexit. He has also faced pressure from some of his MPs to push for another public vote on Brexit. The new pledge would be for a repeat of this process by February 27. "I'm afraid this has gone on longer than we would have liked".