Theresa May asks MPs for more time on Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London to attend Prime Minister's Questions at the Houses of Parliament Wednesday Feb. 13 2019

Theresa May to ask MPs for more time on Brexit

"The Prime Minister is pretending there is progress in the talks".

And now more than a dozen ministers could join the revolt at the showdown on February 27 as MPs said the votes will be the crunch moment for a no deal.

"So while we will follow normal procedure if we can, where there is insufficient time remaining following a successful meaningful vote, we will make provision in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill - with parliament's consent - to ensure that we are able to ratify on time to guarantee our exit in an orderly way".

Now the Prime Minister comes before this House with more excuses and more delays.

She hopes to get Brussels to agree to revisions, but so far the European Union, with the united support of all the other 27 member countries, has refused to reopen negotiations on the text of the 585-page agreement. And will she set them out before this House and ask for its approval of them?

Speaking at the House of Commons today, Mr Corbyn said: "In truth it appears the prime minister has just one real tactic: to run down the clock hoping members of this house are blackmailed into supporting a deeply flawed deal". This is an irresponsible act.

May "is playing for time and playing with people's jobs, our economic security and the future of our industry", said Corbyn.

Monday's figures followed data last week that showed Britain's dominant service sector nearly ground to a halt in January.

Corbyn said the United Kingdom had the lowest growth since 2012 and its manufacturing sector was "mired in recession". The decision by Nissan last week to pull its investment from its Sunderland plant may only be the thin end of the wedge.

"Many businesses are threatened with extinction".

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Returning to the Commons to update MPs on the latest Brexit developments, Mrs May faced claims she was playing for time with 45 days until Britain is due to leave the European Union.

European Union leaders have turned down Mrs May's plea to renegotiate parts of the legally binding Brexit withdrawal bill, making the no-deal outcome more likely even though both sides believe it would harm their economies.

What a week for the prime minister and her team. They aim to maneuver the whole Brexit mess toward a second referendum, which they believe would overturn the June 2016 plebiscite, in which a thin majority voted to leave the EU.

The Prime Minister has just told members of this House to hold their nerve.

In response, the opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said "tell that [hold our nerve] to Nissan workers in Sunderland" and those concerned with their jobs.

_Watch May speak in the video player above. To stand by and do nothing would be a complete dereliction of duty.

"I agree that the longer this goes on, the more risky it gets, obviously", Stewart said.

On the backstop the Prime Minister has pointed out Labour also has concerns.

But Mrs May rejected some of the conditions outlined by Mr Corbyn, saying she was unclear about why he favoured remaining in an EU customs union. "I'm afraid this has gone on longer than we would have liked". If Britain leaves the European Union without a trade deal, that would mean a 10 percent import duty on cars and vehicle parts. Especially when it says and I quote: "the parties will form separate markets and distinct legal orders.' And concedes that it 'can lead to a spectrum of different outcomes for administrative processes as well as checks and controls" nothing is secured.

Mr Blackford added: "We are less than 50 days away from Brexit date and in Westminster both the Prime Minister and leader of the so-called opposition are leading Scotland and the United Kingdom hand in hand off the Brexit cliff-edge". He says May's agreement can achieve "a great deal of what Jeremy Corbyn is interested in without taking away that option of having other trade deals". Labour's alternative has been widely welcomed as a way of breaking the impasse. But the Prime Minister refuses to listen.

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