British Labour leader calls for election to end Brexit impasse

British Labour leader calls for election to end Brexit impasse

British Labour leader calls for election to end Brexit impasse

With the deadline looming for parliamentary approval for the Prime Minister's deal, the CBI is now piling on the pressure to avert a no deal outcome, which it believes would be a disaster for Britain.

On Wednesday, the prime minister suffered her second defeat in two days in the House of Commons, losing control of the timetable for setting out the next steps if - as expected - Parliament votes down her Brexit deal on January 15.

When the Prime Minister chose to delay the meaningful vote on her Brexit deal by a month because she was facing a historic defeat, with more than 100 Tories ready to vote it down, she pledged to gain legally binding assurances from the EU. An analysis by the BBC on Thursday suggested May's deal is on course to suffer the biggest government defeat in the history of the Commons in the vote on January 15.

Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith fears her party will be punished at the ballot box by voters in the region and slip behind the Tories into second place if Parliament ultimately votes for Brexit to go ahead.

If Mrs May's Brexit withdrawal agreement is rejected in a crunch vote in the House of Commons next week then the government must reveal its "Plan B" within three days.

The amendment was passed by a votes of 308 to 297 following stormy scenes in which a series of Conservative MPs castigated the Speaker, John Bercow, for allowing the amendment.

The withdrawal agreement between the United Kingdom and European Union - covering things like the "divorce bill", expat citizens' rights and a 20-month transition period - will only come into force if MPs back it in a vote.

Susan Martin, one of the founding members of the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire People's Vote Campaign said: "As a raft of independent assessments - and even the Government themselves - have now acknowledged, the Government's proposed Brexit would severely harm our economy, our NHS, and our standing in the world".

"Over the next few weeks parliament is likely to attempt to find a majority in favour or against Theresa May's deal".

He told MPs: "There is a question of extension of Article 50 and that may be inevitable now given the position we are in".

May said more details of assurances she had won, along with the results of continuing talks, would be given during the Brexit bill debate.

While the PM would have the right to say she wanted the Commons to re-consider her deal, he said MPs could amend the motion, telling her in effect "we want you to do something else".

May insisted Wednesday that "further clarification" from the European Union was possible, "and those talks will continue over the next few days". It will not ensure frictionless trade for United Kingdom businesses and the lack of a clear future relationship also means the Northern Ireland backstop is highly likely to come into place, which would have significant implications across the UK.

The Times leads on Mrs May's Brexit plans, which the paper says are in "tatters" after Conservative remainers discussed an alternative with their Labour colleagues. The proposal was first put forward in December to try to win over sceptics, but given a cool reception. Sammy Wilson, the party's Brexit spokesman, said: "The only thing which could swing the DUP round is if the backstop as it applies to the United Kingdom as a whole or to Northern Ireland specifically were removed from this agreement".

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29 at 2300 GMT.

She is set to urge the government to rethink its post-Brexit immigration policy which discriminated against low-income workers who she says "harvest our food, build our homes, care for us in our hospitals and [in] our old age".

"It could give the winning party a renewed mandate to negotiate a better deal for Britain and secure support for it in Parliament and across the country".

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