May urges United Kingdom lawmakers: Give me more time to get Brexit deal

May urges U.K. legislators to allow more time to get Brexit deal

He acknowledged that more work was needed to get the United Kingdom ready for Brexit on March 29, telling the BBC's Andrew Marr Show there are "still steps that are currently being put in place" but "there is steady work that is going on, 10,000 civil servants that are now focused on this" and the Border Force was "ramping up" its staff.

May is set to address parliament about the state of negotiations by Wednesday at the latest, with MPs set to vote on Thursday on how to proceed.

An attempt by Labour lawmaker Yvette Cooper and Conservative Nick Boles to give parliament the power to request a delay to Britain's March 29 exit was defeated by lawmakers on January 29, but Boles said he would renew that effort on February 14 if a deal has not been passed by then.

Opponents of the government accuse May of deliberately wasting time so that Parliament will face a last-minute choice between her deal and no deal.

If May succeeds in winning changes to her Brexit deal in the next few days she could bring it back for a debate and vote before February 14, and this more general debate would not go ahead.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire said there might more non-binding votes on Brexit alternatives instead. It is that promise that led to this week's vote.

It is also meant to postpone a revolt by cabinet ministers who want to take a no-deal Brexit off the table for good.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to the Prime Minister setting out five demands that would have to be met for his MPs to support a deal, including a permanent customs union and close alignment with the single market.

In a letter to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn dated Sunday, May opposed his party's appeal for the country to remain in a customs union with Brussels.

The EU has thus far insisted that it will not reopen negotiations.

There are few signs of concessions coming May's way from Brussels.

The British premier is set to meet European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker again before the end of the month.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and European Union chief negotiator Michel Barnier will meet on Monday.

The sides are stuck on the issue of how to keep the Irish border open after Britain leaves.

The major sticking point in negotiations are so-called backstop provisions created to keep open the border between Northern Ireland, which will leave the European Union with Britain, and the Republic of Ireland.

May has been trying to win a legal assurance giving Britain the right eventually to drop the backstop and negotiate its own trade deals.

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