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Party split over Brexit
THERESA May has promised MPs a vote on delaying the UK’s departure from the EU or ruling out a no-deal Brexit, if they reject her deal next month.
The Prime Minister made a statement to MPs on Brexit yesterday, amid the threat of a revolt by Remain-supporting ministers.
But the move threatens infuriating pro-Brexit Tories who will see a delay to Britain leaving the EU as a step toward the whole process being scrapped.
Insiders say the party may SPLIT over the issue.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the PM of trying to “string” the Brexit process out.
Mrs May promised MPs she will put her withdrawal agreement – including any changes she has agreed with the EU – to a meaningful vote on March 12.
If that fails, MPs will be offered two separate votes – the first, on March 13, on whether MPs support a no-deal Brexit so the UK would “only leave without a deal on March 29 if there is explicit consent in the House for that outcome”.
If that fails, MPs will get a vote the following day on requesting an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process to delay EU withdrawal beyond March 29.
“Let me be clear, I do not want to see Article 50 extended,” she told MPs.
“An extension beyond the end of June would mean the UK taking part in the European Parliament elections.
“What kind of message would that send to the more than 17 million people who voted to leave the EU nearly three years ago now?