Remain MPs planning government shutdown to stop no-deal Brexit

Lorries taking part in the trial of a government plan to hold lorries in the event of post Brexit disruption

The main opposition Labour Party has also pledged to vote down May's deal in parliament and threatened to initiate a no-confidence vote in her leadership should MPs refuse to back her plan.

These include specific measures relating to Northern Ireland, plans for a greater role for parliament in Brexit decision-making, and further assurances from the European Union amid concerns about the so-called backstop arrangement for the Irish border.

Confirming the vote on Theresa May's deal will be held next Tuesday, Kwasi Kwarteng said a 2021 time limit on the backstop for Northern Ireland was "being looked at".

Mr Davies told BBC Radio Wales' Sunday Supplement programme that it is "very unlikely" Mrs May will win the vote. In December, May made a decision to postpone a parliamentary vote meant to ratify the agreement at the last minute after it became clear that it would be overwhelmingly defeated in the House of Commons.

The debate on the deal will restart on Wednesday, with the crucial vote now expected to take place on 15 January.

Amid the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Britain's high-drama Brexit process, fears that the country could exit the 28-member European Union bloc without a deal on the terms of its departure have continued to escalate.

Emily Thornberry has attacked the campaign for a second Brexit referendum for thinking its job is to "slap the Labour Party around".

More than 200 MPs from various parties have signed a letter urging the government to take the prospect of a no-deal Brexit off the table.

Route of lorry convoy from Manston Airport to Dover

Addressing opponents on both the Remain and Brexiteer wings of the Commons, she said: "There are some in Parliament who, despite voting in favour of holding the referendum, voting in favour of triggering Article 50 and standing on manifestos committed to delivering Brexit, now want to stop us leaving by holding another referendum".

"Don't let the search for the ideal become the enemy of the good, because the danger there is actually we end up with no Brexit at all", May said.

Reports this weekend suggest that Downing Street are planning to put the deal before parliament up to 30 times in an attempt to bludgeon MPs into backing it in order to prevent a no-deal Brexit. "If we have to have the vote 30 times, we will", they said.

The poll of more than 25,000 voters was commissioned by the "People's Vote" campaign, which is spearheading an increasingly vocal push for a second referendum.

Ms Thornberry said she believed that another general election was the most likely way of breaking the deadlock on Brexit, adding it could happen "within months".

Mr Gardiner insisted that a Labour government would be able to get a "different, better deal" to the one secured by Mrs May as it would not have the same red lines.

Yvette Cooper said: 'The risks to our economy and security from no deal are far too high and it would be irresponsible to allow it to happen.

"And it seems to me, at a personal level. that is the time when we would then say to people, "Now make your decision on what we have managed to conclude".



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