Party split over Brexit

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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?

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