European Union 'is prepared to delay Brexit until at least July'

Erika Holt
January 14, 2019

"If the UK is a genuine partnership of nations it is essential that the views of the people of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government are taken seriously, and not ignored, when the vote on the UK Government's deal takes place on Tuesday".

United Kingdom data disappointed, indicating shrinking business activity amid Brexit uncertainty.

Theresa May told lawmakers they should not let down Brexit-backers.

On Sunday, the Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, insisted there had been "some movement" by MPs in favour of May's deal while suggesting the prime minister would take guidance from parliament on what MPs could support should it fail. United Kingdom data released Friday was quite discouraging, as Industrial and Manufacturing Production fell sharply in November, while the total trade balance came in at £-3.920B with a larger-than-expected deficit.

He also appeared to out at Labour over the continued confusion about what stance it would take on Brexit if it secured a snap general election.

"The UK Government's Brexit deal will take Scotland out of the European Union against our will".

In the event May's deal is rejected on Tuesday, her government will have just three days to bring a revised plan back to parliament.

Asked during an interview on BBC TV about the possibility of a second Brexit referendum, Corbyn said: "My own view is that I would rather get a negotiated deal now if we can to stop the danger of a no-deal exit from the European Union on 29 March which would be catastrophic for industry, catastrophic for trade".

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MPs, she said, should respect the results of the 2016 referendum in which 52 per cent of voters backed leaving the EU.

Mr Hunt warned: "If we were, as a political class, not to deliver Brexit, that would be a fundamental breach of trust between the people and the politicians".

Under the rebels' plan, reported in the Sunday Times, the Government would lose control of parliamentary business which would threaten Brexit legislation and the Government's ability to govern.

"The risk of parliament acting in a way that frustrates what was the biggest vote in our history has increased", Barclay told BBC TV, adding that it was going to be "challenging" to get parliament to support May's deal in a vote on Tuesday.

Former minister Jim Fitzpatrick told the Commons on Friday that he was "not far away" from backing May's deal, saying the "danger of no deal is still there" and the PM's plan was "the only real alternative on the table".

The vote had been scheduled to take place in December but was called off at the last minute by the prime minister, who was facing nearly certain defeat.

Mr Grayling also said: "I have not asked for military support for the operations in Kent - that will be handled by Highways England and Kent Police".

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