United Kingdom still in Brexit stalemate as alternatives all rejected by MPs

United Kingdom still in Brexit stalemate as alternatives all rejected by MPs

Yvette Cooper is behind a bill which could prevent no-deal.

The Prime Minister says she is prepared to hold talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to try and break the political deadlock over Brexit.

Tory Brexiteers expressed frustration at the unusual process of a backbench bill - the first stage of enacting a law - clearing all stages in the Commons in a matter of hours, rather than months. "That is not a considered debate, that is a constitutional outrage". Last week, all eight such votes failed to achieve a majority complicating the already messy situation.

If May can not get her deal ratified by parliament then she has a choice between leaving without a deal, calling an election or asking the European Union for a long delay to negotiate a Brexit deal with a much closer relationship with the bloc.

The draft legislation will next be considered in the Lords as early as Thursday.

MPs will once again take control of parliamentary time from the Government and numerous ideas have returned for a second attempt.

Corbyn said Wednesday's discussions had been "useful but inconclusive".

If May can't reach agreement with Labour on a unified approach, she's promised to agree on a number of options to put to the House of Commons for a series of votes to determine the way forward.

The extension, should the European Union decide to grant it, would be the second push-back of "Brexit day"; the date was originally set for March 29 before the first extension.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said the "only option" was to continue searching for a way to allow Britain to leave the European Union with a deal. She has tried cross-party talks before, but they led nowhere.

Yvette Cooper is behind a bill which could prevent no-deal
Yvette Cooper is behind a bill which could prevent no-deal

Justice Secretary David Gauke said leaving the bloc without a deal was "not the responsible thing for a government to do".

MPs will have their say in a fresh round of indicative votes at Westminster on Monday, which could see Theresa May steered towards a softer Brexit.

Reports in papers including the Sun suggest as many as 15 more - including several cabinet ministers - could follow if Mrs May strayed too far from previous commitments.

NO 276 to 273 Customs Union (C): Conservative grandee Kenneth Clarke wants the United Kingdom to leave the EU having secured a permanent customs union with the bloc at a minimum, and for this to be enshrined in primary legislation.

Corbyn said Labour would present May with its conditions for Brexit, which include a close economic relationship with the bloc through a customs union, maintaining high environmental standards and protecting workers' rights.

Customs looks like an area for compromise, with Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, one of the Brexiteers in May's cabinet, telling the BBC he could accept one if the alternative was not leaving the EU.

Mr Corbyn is coming under pressure from senior colleagues in his party to make a further referendum a condition of signing up to any agreement.

"When you enter into a negotiation like this to find a compromise way forward, both parties have to give something up", he told ITV television.

However, party chairman Ian Lavery is reported to have warned against the idea, arguing that it could split the party. The government as expressed by the Prime Minister is against no-deal.

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