Theresa May to ask MPs for more time on Brexit

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The BBC has reported that Mrs May will offer MPs another vote on amendments to her Brexit withdrawal deal if an agreement has not been reached by the end of February.

But the Irish government and the European Union have repeatedly rejected calls for changes.

May's Brexit minister Stephen Barkley will meet European Union negotiator Michel Barnier on Monday and foreign minister Jeremy Hunt will visit Paris and Warsaw this week.

On Thursday - Valentine's Day - MPs will consider a motion on Brexit and a series of amendments, likely to include shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer's attempt to impose a new deadline for a vote on the deal.

May will promise parliament another vote on other Brexit options if a deal is still not ready by the end of February.

'We know that businesses are leaving the country, we know that businesses are making plans that will damage communities across the country and just this week we had a new chapter in the unfolding nightmare that the trade deals that the United Kingdom businesses enjoy through the European Union will not be ready in time for leaving'.

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The debate on February 14 will be on a motion - a proposal put forward for debate - about Brexit more generally.

"We have got to put a hard stop into this running down the clock", Sir Keir told the Sunday Times.

He said he believed the prime minister was "pretending to make progress" but actually meant to return to Parliament after the March 21/22 European Council summit the week before Brexit and offer MPs a "binary choice" - her deal or no deal.

"Switzerland is one of the most valuable trading partners that we are seeking continuity for, accounting for more than 32 billion pounds worth of trade a year", Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox said in a statement.

If, as expected, May doesn't secure concessions from the European Union by Wednesday, Parliament will vote again on plan B options the following day.

Last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set out the conditions under which he would instruct his party to support an exit deal in parliament.

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Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson told the Andrew Marr Show that if those conditions were not met then his party could move to supporting a second referendum.

"As the deadline approaches, minds get focused and a deal gets done", she said.

"Or the only way to break the impasse is to have a public vote, and that remains our policy".

Earlier today, Treasury Chief Secretary Liz Truss refused to rule out quitting if May shifted to a position of backing a customs union in order to get a deal through parliament.

'And for the country to do that, as Theresa May wants to do - to leave without knowing what Brexit you get - this would be, in my view, an incredibly foolish thing for the country to do.

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