Hammond in Brexit talks with DUP as government seeks support on deal

Hammond in Brexit talks with DUP as government seeks support on deal

Theresa May then narrowly saw off a bid by MPs to seize control of the Brexit process.

"I had voted against the earlier Spelman amendment during the day which its own author tried to withdraw, believing the main Government motion was more powerful".

"They may genuinely have a difference of opinion, but we will not be supporting it tonight".

Business leaders warn that tearing up 40 years of agreements with the European Union and its market of 500 million people without a transition deal would cause chaos.

It has already been rejected twice, but the margin - while still considerable - was smaller the second time.

By law, Britain will leave the European Union on March 29, with or without a deal, unless it cancels Brexit or secures a delay.

"It's finally time for Theresa May to admit her deal is past the point of no return", said Lee Hardman, currency analyst at global bank MUFG based in London.

"I implore him not to stand against the amendment today or I'm afraid that Labour will be found out for what they are - a fraud and they are participating in Brexit happening if they fail to back the People's Vote this afternoon".

In a stalemate over Brexit, British politicians have chosen to delay it.

"We talked about Brexit, something that's turning out to be a little more complex than they thought it would be", Trump said at an annual Capitol Hill luncheon for the Irish hosted by the House speaker.

But there was no immediate sign of any major shift in the views of Conservative hardline eurosceptics who have so far thwarted the prime minister.

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A long extension could mean more time to work out a deal.

Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom said the government's Attorney General, Geoffrey Cox, had considered the matter and would comment further if he thought it was necessary.

The vote means Theresa May will now head to Brussels next week seeking to extend Article 50 to June 30.

'Applying for an extension with 15 days to go is a hopeless end to two years of negotiation, ' he said. "Now, what happens this morning is that the entire cabinet has accepted the position that parliament voted for last night".

European Union leaders must now unanimously approve the delay.

"Labour will either table an amendment on a confirmatory vote or support Phil and mine, which will go down on, or before, the next meaningful vote", he said.

May hopes the threat of a long delay will push Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party and members of the Democratic Unionists, the small Northern Irish party that props up her minority government in parliament, to back her deal at the third attempt.

"This will take years, to pass the legislation and to agree on the question".

"This will be the third time I have voted to leave".

Bowing to pressure, deputy prime minister David Lidington said that if May's deal is not approved by next week, the government will "facilitate" votes in late March or early April "to seek a majority on the way forward".

"We have to know, what is the intention of the British parliament?" One other thing that will nearly certainly happen is that the United Kingdom will have to take part in the forthcoming European Parliament elections which are due to be held in May - not something which any political party has really planned on happening.

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