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Brexit: MPs To Have Vote By March 12

Brexit Vote Coming Soon MPs will be able to have a fresh vote on the Brexit deal by March 12, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. Speaking as she...

Brexit Vote Coming Soon

MPs will be able to have a fresh vote on the Brexit deal by March 12, Prime Minister Theresa May has said. Speaking as she traveled to an EU-Arab League summit in Egypt, May ruled out holding another so-called “meaningful vote” this week.

But she said “positive” talks with the EU were “still ongoing” and leaving on March 29 was “within our grasp”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused the prime minister of “recklessly running down the clock”.

In a tweet, he said the move was intended to “force MPs to choose between her bad deal and a disastrous no deal”. Labour, he said, would “work with MPs across the Commons to prevent no deal, break the deadlock and build support for our alternative plan”.

On the plane to Sharm el-Sheikh for a summit between EU and Arab league leaders, May said her team would be returning to the Belgian capital on Tuesday for further talks. “As a result of that, we won’t bring a meaningful vote to Parliament this week, but we will ensure that that happens by March 12,” she added.

May has already met European Council President Donald Tusk for talks after landing in Egypt and will meet other EU leaders on the fringes of the summit later.

She said negotiations were continuing over the backstop – the controversial policy that aims to prevent a hard border returning to the island of Ireland – after Parliament voted for her to seek “alternative arrangements” to what is set out in her deal.

Yvette Cooper called the latest delay “utterly shambolic”, tweeting: “Each time we get closer to cliff edge. How are businesses, public services and families supposed to plan in this chaos?”

The SNP’s Westminster leader, Ian Blackford, also called the delay “unacceptable”. And the director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, said it was “unbelievable” to leave the vote so close to the planned exit date.

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