United Kingdom minister sees Conservative support for Brexit customs union plan - ITV reporter

United Kingdom minister sees Conservative support for Brexit customs union plan - ITV reporter

United Kingdom minister sees Conservative support for Brexit customs union plan - ITV reporter

These extreme remarks came after MPs voted for a third time against Theresa May's proposed withdrawal agreement on what otherwise might have been Brexit Day.

Mr Lewis, the Conservative Party chairman, said all options were on the table but that a Customs union with the EU - an idea backed by the opposition Labour Party and some Conservatives - would be hard.

However, she said any further delay to Brexit was "almost certain" to involve staging elections to the European Parliament in May. Britain's opposition Labour Party supports the idea of a customs union.

However, the government chose to hold a vote on the withdrawal agreement only to secure a short delay to Brexit and avoid the United Kingdom taking part in European elections.

Downing Street said Mrs May would continue to talk to the Democratic Unionist Party about more reassurances over the backstop - the "insurance policy" created to prevent physical infrastructure at the Irish border.

The risk that MPs decide to agree closer ties to the European Union, or even stop it altogether, has focused the minds of some Brexit supporters, who reluctantly agreed to back May's deal.

Lewis backed May to continue as prime minister but said he was aware of a letter sent to her by Conservative lawmakers calling for her to resign.

The BBC's flagship current affairs programme "Newsnight" reported Thursday night that a cabinet minister, asked why May was still going ahead with a third vote on the same deal, replied, "F**k knows, I am past caring".

Thousands of frustrated Brexiteers took it to the streets of London on Friday as they joined the last leg of the so-called March to Leave organised by Leave Means Leave's prominent pro-Brexit figures such as Nigel Farage.

Responding to the vote, European Council President Donald Tusk tweeted: "In view of the rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement by the House of Commons, I have made a decision to call a European Council on 10 April".

"Since it took 2 3/4 years for the government to get what it had negotiated defeated three times, it's a little bit harsh on Parliament, when it started the process last Wednesday, for not having immediately solved the problem in 24 hours", Benn said.

MPs have repeatedly rejected a "no-deal" outcome, fearing catastrophe if Britain severs ties with its closest trading partner with no plan in place.

The backstop and the Irish border issue has plagued the Brexit negotiations for the past year, while European Union member states are still in the dark about how the bloc would enforce rules to keep the single market intact in case of a no deal.

"There are people who say they want to leave the European Union but continue to vote against it". Now we've lost that vote, there's only one thing the prime minister can do.

If May and the rest of our MPs can actually identify a Brexit deal that a majority of them are willing to support - at what is now the 13th hour - that would be one possible reason, as long as it is also acceptable to the EU.

"No deal has become more likely", he said.

The Brexit Party leader told talkRADIO's Julia Hartley-Brewer that Brexit will still happen, but there were still "more battles to fight first".

Corbyn raised this possibility knowing that most Labour MPs are resolutely opposed to him becoming prime minister. Either we leave with no deal, or the Prime Minister asks Brussels for an extension - and it could be a long one.

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