Brexit: Article 50 ‘could be rescinded’ Hammond tells business leaders

Brexit: Article 50 ‘could be rescinded’ Hammond tells business leaders

Brexit: Article 50 ‘could be rescinded’ Hammond tells business leaders

May must return to Parliament within 3 days to present an alternative.

But the further May moves towards softening Brexit, the more she alienates dedicated Brexiteers in her own party who think the threat of a no-deal Brexit is a crucial bargaining chip.

The embattled leader conceded the divorce terms she struck with the European Union had been roundly rejected, after MPs delivered the heaviest government defeat in parliament in modern British political history on Tuesday: 432 votes to 202.

Opening his speech, Mr Corbyn said it was "great to be in Hastings" - a constituency where Labour came within 346 votes of taking Amber Rudd's seat at the last election in 2017.

Labour MPs Hilary Benn and Yvette Cooper, as well as Plaid Cymru's Liz Savile-Roberts, Green MP Caroline Lucas and the SNP's Ian Blackford were among the politicians set to meet May, or her cabinet ministers Michael Gove or David Lidington, on Thursday.

And a transcript of the call, obtained by the Daily Telegraph, recorded that the Chancellor said an amendment expected to be tabled by Tory backbenchers including Nick Boles on Monday could pave the way for Parliament to vote to "rescind" Article 50.

News of the mobilization plan comes after the PM attempted to reach out to leaders of opposition parties in a bid to find a new way forward, following the crushing defeat of her Brexit proposal in Parliament on Tuesday, where her government lost by 230 votes.

"Let me explain why", she said.

Nor would the British prime minister endorse permanently joining a European customs union, which is what those who want a softer Brexit seek, because, her spokesman said, it would then be hard or impossible to seek free trade deals with other countries, such as the United States.


May has flatly rejected a second vote.

'All this nonsense can be stopped by the Prime Minister ruling out a chaotic no-deal scenario.

"Now MPs have made clear what they don't want, we must all work constructively together to set out what parliament does want", May said in a statement outside her Downing Street office.

Nigel Farage has urged Leave campaigners to prepare for a second referendum as Britain's Brexit deadlock continues.

"The confidence and supply arrangement (to support May) of course is built upon delivering Brexit on the basis of our shared priorities," said Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Democratic Unionist Party.

The Remain lead was extended further when respondents were asked to compare it to Mrs May's Withdrawal Agreement or the option of leaving the European Union without a deal.

She stuck to two key principles on Wednesday: limiting European Union migration and pursuing an independent trade policy.

Corbyn wants a permanent customs union, close links to the single market and protections for workers and the environment, but has not ruled out a second referendum.

Bank of England governor Mark Carney also chimed in, saying the pound's rebound after the Commons vote signals market hope that Brexit can be delayed, but warned over further volatility.

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