Brexit could be delayed, warns Jeremy Hunt

Brexit could be delayed, warns Jeremy Hunt

Brexit could be delayed, warns Jeremy Hunt

John McDonnell, economy spokesman for the U.K.'s main opposition Labour Party, said Prime Minister Theresa May should be judged on her record after she sought to woo his colleagues to support her Brexit deal.

Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It is true that if we ended up approving the deal in the days before the 29 March, then we might need some extra time to pass critical legislation". Claude Moraes, rapporteur for the proposal, said: "With the Brexit clock ticking, it is important to press ahead with this measure exempting British citizens from a visa requirement when travelling to the EU".

The state's foreign investment agency said Ireland gained over 4,500 jobs previous year as a result of Britain's decision to leave the European Union. The government has also said it is looking at extending the hours during which parliament sits.

"It is only right that I give the House notice that there are now no plans to bring forward a motion to agree dates for the February recess, and that the House may therefore need to continue to sit to make progress on the key business before the House", Leadsom said.

As the threat of economic turmoil looms over the country, May, who said on Tuesday she has a mandate to renegotiate the deal, isn't expected in Brussels this week. By giving a majority to the Brady amendment, which states that the backstop must be replaced with an "alternative solution", MPs made it clear that they are happy to back a deal, as long as that deal doesn't involve annexing Northern Ireland.

May now has two weeks to convince the European Union to replace the backstop with her "alternative arrangements", which she so far has failed to reveal despite repeated calls to do so.

Therefore, May negotiated a backstop for the whole of the United Kingdom and the deal included this after an agreement was reached with the EU.

To this, Theresa May called for all parliamentary leaders to hold meetings with her so as to decide the course of things to strike a deal that would be acceptable to all.

Mr Corbyn asked Mrs May whether, if she did not agree a deal with Brussels that MPs would support, she would back Labour's proposals for a "a strong single market, comprehensive customs union and the guaranteeing of rights and protections rather than the alternative she has been threatening - to crash out with no-deal". We said so in December.

The talks have included the idea of creating a "transformation fund" which could be invested in mining communities and other post-industrial, leave-supporting areas to support job creation, according to Mann.

But he said he had voted for the deal already, "so I can't be bribed".

Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said on Thursday that the February recess for MPs may be scrapped.

Parliament had been due to rise for recess on Thursday, 14 February and return on Monday, 25 February.

Some of the sharpest opposition to her plan comes from the country which would be most affected, Ireland, which, as NPR's Frank Langfitt reports, is in a very hard position.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said, "We've been down that track before and I don't believe that such alternative arrangements exist".

Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas said the British government "must now say quickly what it wants, because time is running out".

If May can not get a deal agreed, the default option would be to exit the European Union abruptly with no deal at all, which businesses say would cause chaos and disrupt supply chains for basic goods.

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