Brexit must not be frustrated, Theresa May vows

Demonstrators protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London

Demonstrators protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London

Prime Minister Theresa May sparked outrage Sunday by suggesting parliament may not be able to vote on her Brexit deal until March 12, just days before Britain leaves the EU.

League of Arab States (LAS) summit will be held at the International Congress Centre in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, on Sunday and Monday, according to the European Council's website.

The decision increases the chances that MPs will move next week to delay Brexit beyond March 29, to avoid a potentially disastrous situation where Britain exits with no agreement at all.

A succession of Cabinet ministers quit in protest at her handling of the European Union negotiations, and she survived a vote of no-confidence in her leadership of the party and another in the government itself.

It appears there isn't much more road left.

But May said delaying Brexit day would not deal with the issues.

May's environment minister, Michael Gove, said on Sunday that "progess" was being made in attempts to secure changes to the backstop clause.

But that said the trio, unthanked by the PM, do believe they are doing her a favour.

An amendment tabled by former Tory minister Sir Oliver Letwin and Labour's Yvette Cooper would give Parliament the opportunity to delay Brexit and prevent a no-deal situation if there is no agreement with the European Union by the middle of March.

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May has promised that if she does not bring a revised deal back by February 27, parliament will have an opportunity to vote on the next steps.

An EU official told Reuters on Friday that May would hold one-on-one talks with Tusk, but with only 24 of 28 leaders expected to attend, there could be "no deal in the desert" - dampening speculation about a decisive breakthrough.

"As a result of that we won't bring a meaningful vote to parliament this week".

So far May has insisted that Brexit will happen on March 29, with or without an agreement. May is expected to address Parliament on Brexit later Tuesday, followed by a debate.

The Brexit vote must not be frustrated and the government needs to maintain an "absolute" focus on delivering it, Theresa May has said.

Amber Rudd, Greg Clark and David Gauke said the Brexiteers in the European Research Group (ERG) will only have themselves to blame if Britain's departure from the EU is delayed. "That's what we're working for and that's what I'm working for".

While May is unlikely to allow this, she said: "There will always come a point where we have to decide whether we accept the deal that's been negotiated or not".

"Although we do not agree on everything, this Summit will provide an important opportunity for open dialogue on how we can enhance the Euro-Arab partnership and take on regional challenges, including cooperation on migration, security and counter-terrorism".

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