British MPs to hold key Brexit vote on January 15

Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after a confidence vote by Conservative Party members of parliament in London Britain

Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after a confidence vote by Conservative Party members of parliament in London Britain

Prime Minster Theresa May is trying to win over sceptical MPs to back her EU Withdrawal Agreement, with Parliament set to vote on the deal on January 15 after it was previously delayed.

Her proposal aims to restrict the Government's freedom to use the Bill to make tax changes linked to a no-deal Brexit without the "explicit consent" of Parliament.

The government lost the vote by 296 votes to 303, with six former cabinet ministers - Ken Clarke, Michael Fallon, Justine Greening, Dominic Grieve, Oliver Letwin and Nicky Morgan - defying party orders and siding with Labour.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, as the next vote began, turned and applauded Ms Cooper, also giving a thumbs up.

British Prime Minister Theresa May came under pressure Monday to explain what further assurances she can secure from the European Union before MPs vote on her unpopular Brexit deal next week, after the bloc repeated it would not renegotiate the text.

He added that if that occurred we should demand legal assurances and "some sort of undertaking on a free trade deal", saying: "This will get very, very sticky, very close to the end, that is what will happen".

But many disagree, and more than 200 MPs from all parties have written to May urging her "to agree a mechanism that would ensure a "no-deal" Brexit could not take place".

She later announced the vote would go forward in the week beginning January 14.

The UK is due to leave the European Union on March 29, adding pressure on various stake-holders to ensure that an agreement is in place to overseen future arrangements between the two that have had a symbiotic relationship since 1973, when the UK joined the EU.

Asked if he could guarantee that no one would die as a result of a no-deal Brexit, Mr Hancock told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday: "I'm confident that we will have the unhindered supply of medicines so long as the plans that we have in place are properly enacted".

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Government sources had briefed that the material effect of the finance bill amendment would be "low down the list" of difficulties if the United Kingdom was heading towards a no-deal Brexit and officials suggested that more emergency legislation would probably be needed, where the government could attempt to restore these powers without caveat.

She consulted with European leaders in the days that followed, but it wasn't clear she gained any new commitments from them.

If she fails to secure the support of the House of Commons in the vote this month, May suggested Brexit without a deal would be in the cards - something analysis by the Treasury and the Bank of England suggests could be economically devastating.

UK Brexit minister Martin Callanan ruled out that prospect and said May would update MPs on Wednesday about the assurances over the backstop she is seeking from the EU.

"If we as a new, incoming Labour government were to go to Europe without those red lines we know that we could get a different, better deal and that's what we want to try and achieve".

But Mr Fox, who backs Mrs May's deal, said it would be "irresponsible to tie the government's hands" at this stage by ruling out any options.

Some Brexit supporters say a no-deal exit is the only way to truly leave the bloc and that warnings of the economic consequences have been overblown to drum up support for May's plan.

The test at the disused airfield comes as no-deal preparations are ramped up amid bitter deadlock over Brexit in Parliament.

But, a majority of lawmakers from across the political spectrum opposed to a no-deal exit have now established their political significance and promised to keep making it harder for the government to leave without a deal.

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