Theresa May asks MPs for more time on Brexit

Theresa May asks MPs for more time on Brexit

Theresa May asks MPs for more time on Brexit

Luxembourg's Prime Minister Xavier Bettel stressed that the responsibility for finding a Brexit solution sat with London, Reuters reported. "We never pushed for Brexit, we never demanded Brexit", Bettel said.

With just over six weeks before Britain's scheduled exit day on March 29, the move is meant to reassure members from across the House of Commons who are concerned that May is deliberately running down the clock and risking a potentially disastrous no-deal divorce.

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The government of Switzerland, which is not an European Union member, says the agreement "replicates the vast majority of the trade agreements with the European Union that now govern relations between Switzerland and the United Kingdom".

British global trade secretary Liam Fox and Swiss Economy Minister Guy Parmelin signed the bilateral trade agreement in Bern on Monday.

"Today the response of the Brexiteers is non, non, non et non. No, no and no.' There aren't any alternative proposals from them". On Tuesday representatives from 32 food industry groups said in a letter to Rural Affairs Minister Michael Gove that the industry was facing a crisis and companies were "now totally focused on working to mitigate the catastrophic impact of a no-deal Brexit".

May will promise lawmakers a second opportunity to influence the Brexit talks later in the month in a bid to stave off any rebellion from within her own party by those who fear Britain could end up leaving without a deal.

However, the decisive vote won't come until she has secured changes to the Irish backstop clause.

In an exclusive interview with the Press Association, the Commons Leader insisted she would stay in the Cabinet to help Mrs May deliver Brexit and denied that the PM was softening her stance over a customs union in a letter to Mr Corbyn. Mrs May's draft withdrawal contract was rejected by a huge margin in Parliament last month.

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Time pressure is mounting.

The bleak official figures came as the British government seeks to win more time to secure European Union concessions on Brexit that could pass parliament and avert a chaotic split from the bloc on March 29.

The EU has remained adamant that no changes would be made to the withdrawal agreement, which together with the political declaration is part of the deal the two sides negotiated over 18 painstaking months.

He said "there needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

And Mrs May promised to return to the Commons on 26 February with a further statement - triggering another debate and votes the following day - if a deal has not been secured by that date.

Britain's economy grew at the slowest pace in six years in 2018 with near-flat output in the final quarter, data showed Monday, as Brexit uncertainty and weaker global growth bites. It is imperative for our members, both British and Swiss businesses, that trade continues.

Andrea Leadsom has hinted the meaningful vote on Theresa May's Brexit deal may not take place until just days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union.

Carolyn Fairbairn, head of the business group Confederation of British Industry, called for an end to the uncertainty, saying the United Kingdom is now "in the emergency zone of Brexit" and insisting continued confusion will damage jobs, investment, and the UK's reputation.

"There is no doubt that our economy is being overshadowed by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process", he told Sky News.

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