May urged to resign during stormy Commons Brexit showdown

Boris Johnson speaking to host Andrew Marr during the BBC1 current affairs programme The Andrew Marr Show

Boris Johnson speaking to host Andrew Marr during the BBC1 current affairs programme The Andrew Marr Show

"If you take a step back, it is clear that this house faces a much more fundamental question: does this house want to deliver Brexit?"

It was not immediately clear whether the EU's 27 other members, which have a combined economic might six times that of the United Kingdom, would countenance changes which would convince her domestic opponents to support a deal. MPs would then effectively vote on whether or not to have the vote.

Alastair Reid, of the Press Association, said: "Sounds an very bad lot like May has been shafted by someone on the cabinet conference call" shortly after the reports emerged.

In the Commons, Mrs May said her discussions had consistently shown there should be a backstop to ensure there is no hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland, noting concerns raised by MPs have been over the permanence of the arrangement.

Mr Corbyn (above) resisted growing pressure to call a vote of no confidence in the government, saying he would wait for Mrs May to put the deal to MPs. After deferring the vote, she said she would return to Brussels for talks.

Mrs May said she believed there was "a majority to be won" in the Commons on her deal, if she is able to "secure additional reassurance" on the backstop, and that this would be her focus over the coming days.

But she insisted: "There is no deal available that does not include the backstop". Following a phone call between the pair, a spokesman for the Irish premier said: "They discussed this week's European Council meeting and the current situation on Brexit".

The Government was also looking at "new ways of empowering the House of Commons" to ensure that any provision for a backstop has "democratic legitimacy and to enable the House to place its own obligations on the Government to ensure that the backstop can not be in place indefinitely", said Mrs May.

May said the deeper question was whether parliament wanted to deliver on the will of the people for Brexit, or open up the divisions in the world's fifth largest economy with another referendum.

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But she insisted the agreement she had thrashed out with the European Union could not be rewritten - leaving no-deal as the only alternative if the MPs refused to back down and vote for it. "I believe it is right we should be recognising the concerns raised in this House and attempting to find a way through those concerns and to resolve those concerns".

"Because there will be no enduring and successful Brexit without some compromise on both sides of the debate".

"They agreed that the Withdrawal Agreement is the best option and could not be renegotiated".

British Prime Minister Theresa May said parliament vote on Brexit deal scheduled for Tuesday will be delayed, saying it is still "the best deal that is negotiable".

The Taoiseach said it was not possible to reopen any aspect of the Withdrawal Agreement without reopening all aspects of it. The Metro's Joel Taylor added that pulling the vote will be "humiliating for Theresa May", especially as her spokespeople were insisting the vote would still go ahead. "Disappointed it has taken so long for Prime Minister to listen". The prime minister suggested it could happen in January 2019.

Furthermore, the Democratic Unionist Party, May's coalition partners in government, said they would vote the agreement down.

Sir Vince said: "With the fiasco today, the Government has really lost all authority".

Shouts of "resign" were heard from the Labour benches as Theresa May concluded her statement.

Tory Remainer and former education secretary Justine Greening asked whether she intended on pushing back the date as far as March 28 next year - the day before Brexit Day.

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