Brexit could be delayed if Labour forces general election, says Corbyn

Brexit could be delayed if Labour forces general election, says Corbyn

Brexit could be delayed if Labour forces general election, says Corbyn

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Confidence in Mrs May's government will come under its most intense scrutiny next week when parliament votes on the divorce deal she has negotiated with the EU.

On Tuesday evening, Mrs May lost a vote on an amendment to a finance bill, which was created to limit the government's powers in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The endorsement came as pressure grew on May to rule out a no-deal Brexit if her agreement is rejected by MPs next week.

May told reporters that the only way to avoid such a scenario was for lawmakers to support her deal.

Rebellious Conservative MPs teamed up with opposition party Labour on Wednesday to vote for a motion created to prevent the government delaying key decisions on Brexit.

It is expected that the motion would be tabled before the end of the day on January 21, with a debate and vote on the motion likely to take place that week.

There was a major row in the Commons over whether Wednesday´s amendment could even be put to a vote, with Speaker John Bercow apparently disregarding the advice of his own clerk that it could not.

"What Parliament needs to do is recognise that we need to put differences aside and establish agreement on a deal".

The vote, which saw 20 legislators from Mrs May's Conservative Party rebel and side with the Opposition, indicates that a majority in Parliament opposes leaving the European Union without an agreement and will try to stop it happening.

Corbyn has been lukewarm in his support of a second vote on Britain's membership of the EU.

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The key sticking point is the deal's so-called backstop solution, which proposes some kind of customs union to prevent a hard border between the British province of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Their hope would then be for enough opposition Labour lawmakers to back May's deal.

May insisted Wednesday that "further clarification" from the European Union was possible, "and those talks will continue over the next few days".

The main opposition Labour Party gave its closest indication so far on Wednesday when Barry Gardiner, the party's shadow global trade secretary, said that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn could table a vote of no confidence in May's government if, as now widely expected, her Brexit deal is rejected by MPs on Tuesday.

"I am committed to getting the best outcome for this country, which is supporting the prime minister's deal".

The government also lost on Tuesday night when another amendment curbing its financial powers in the event of "no-deal Brexit" without authorisation from parliament.

But he refused to say that the Government would rule out a no deal, saying: "The default is in law that unless we have a deal then we will fall into no deal".

He claimed that Labour's alternative Brexit deal was "practical and achievable, and clearly has the potential to command majority support in Parliament".

Labour took 49 per cent of the vote in Yorkshire and the Humber compared with the Conservatives' 41 per cent in last year's General Election, but an opinion poll of 2,000 people in the region conducted by YouGov for the People's Vote campaign says this has already fallen to 44 per cent.

"It seems clear that May will lose the vote, the only real question is how much does she lose by", Usherwood added.

"I do not like the prospect of a no deal, which would be a disaster I think for our British friends and for the continental Europeans".

He said: "It is a matter for the representative and champion of Parliament, it is not a matter for a representative of the executive branch - who is the executive's representative in the chamber of the House of Commons".

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