Feb 26, 2019 14:40 Asia/Tehran [Updated: May 14, 2019 21:40 Asia/Tehran]

May offers UK MPs a chance to vote on 'whether to delay Brexit'.

IranPress/Europe: On Tuesday, 26 February, the British Prime Minister Theresa May announced she would offer MPs the chance to vote for either a no-deal Brexit or a delay to the UK departing the EU.

May is making a statement to MPs on Brexit, amid the threat of a revolt by Remain-supporting ministers.

The prime minister promised MPs a meaningful vote on her Brexit deal by 12 March.

If they reject her deal she will allow votes on delaying Brexit and ruling out no deal, she said.

Britain is due to crash out of the European Union on 29 March and despite two years of negotiations the UK government have yet to reach a deal which satisfies Parliament.

Labour party ready for new Brexit referendum

The leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn has told Labour MPs the party will move to back another vote if their own proposed Brexit deal is rejected on Wednesday, according to BBC.

Labour's Emily Thornberry said if the parliamentary process ended with a choice of no deal or the PM's deal, the public should decide.

Theresa May is under growing pressure to delay the 29 March Brexit date.

Labour party have not yet made clear what their proposed referendum would be on, but a party briefing paper to MPs says that any referendum would need to have 'a credible Leave option and Remain'.

The prime minister, who will update MPs on the negotiations on Tuesday, has insisted the UK can still leave next month as planned.

The UK voted to leave the EU in a referendum in June 2016, but the withdrawal deal May negotiated with the EU has to be agreed by MPs - and it suffered a huge defeat by them last month.

May has ruled out a 'meaningful vote' on her Brexit deal this week - saying one would be held by 12 March - but she will give MPs the chance to have their say on how the next steps for Brexit should be taken.

MPs will be able to table amendments to a government motion, putting forward their proposals on what they think should happen next.

Corbyn has told his MPs that May is 'recklessly running down the clock' in an attempt to 'force MPs to choose between her botched deal and a disastrous no deal'.

May has been warned on February 22  that 'dozens' of Tory MPs are prepared to vote to delay Brexit unless she takes the prospect of a no-deal scenario off the table, the Independent reported.

Corbyn said Labour would also put down an amendment this week setting out its plan for a 'comprehensive customs union' and 'close alignment' with the single market.

The amendment also sets out guarantees on rights and standards, protection for Britain's role in EU agencies and a security agreement which guarantees access to the European arrest warrant and 'vital' shared databases, he said.

Corbyn added: "One way or another, we will do everything in our power to prevent no deal and oppose a damaging Tory Brexit based on Theresa May's overwhelmingly rejected deal".
The British people (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) voted in a referendum for the exit of the country from the European Union on June 23, 2016.

However, the results of a new poll show that more than half of the British people prefer to stay in the EU.


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