European Union chief, British PM May to hold Brexit talks in Egypt

European Union chief, British PM May to hold Brexit talks in Egypt

European Union chief, British PM May to hold Brexit talks in Egypt

The Brexit date is set for March 29 but the Prime Minister has so far failed to impress MPs with her deal and has been sent back to Brussels to renegotiate.

Asked what she would do if she lost the meaningful vote, she said: "Why is it that people are always trying to look for the next thing after the next thing after the next thing?"

Pouring cold water on hopes for European concessions on departure terms for Britain at their meeting Sunday in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, an EU official warned "there will be no deal in the desert".

Sam Gyimah, who quit as a junior minister in May's government over her approach to Brexit, said her latest decision was "shocking". My team will be back in Brussels again this coming week.

May had been due to go before British lawmakers on Tuesday to offer them an update on the talks with European Union leaders.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has rescheduled a "meaningful" vote on Brexit in the Commons for up to March 12 - just two weeks before the United Kingdom is due to leave the union - sparking criticism both in London and Brussels.

Director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, Adam Marshall, wrote: "A parliamentary vote on March 12th for something that's meant to take effect on March 29th. But it's still within our grasp to leave the European Union by March 29 and that is what we are planning to do".

"We don't know what amendments are going to be selected".

"You haven't even seen what motion the Government is going to put down - as I say, it won't be the meaningful vote".

"I will be making a statement to Parliament on Tuesday".

The EU has ruled out reopening the Withdrawal Agreement, though both sides are looking at a possible legal addendum to reassure lawmakers who worry the Irish border backstop could keep Britain trapped in the EU's orbit for years to come.

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European Parliament Brexit co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt said Mrs May is "kicking the can down the road".

May's decision is nothing but "an admission of failure", the Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said, calling it "the height of irresponsibility".

"We must not, and I will not, frustrate what was the largest democratic exercise in this country's history".

"That is not a surprise to anybody".

A group of moderate Tory MPs are also rumoured to be on the verge of tabling an amendment that would require Mrs May to extend Article 50 if she can not secure a deal. To explain politely where we think they're wrong.

On Sunday, May also rejected calls from members of her own cabinet to extend Article 50 - the exit clause in the EU's constitution - should she lose the rescheduled vote on her withdrawal plan in the Commons next month, saying it would not solve the ongoing impasse shrouding British politics.

He added: "And it could be another legally powerful protocol or addition to the treaty that makes it clear that we would not be bound in the backstop indefinitely against our will".

Plans to postpone Article 50 will be put before Parliament for a vote on Wednesday.

Demonstrators protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in London.

It is a critical week for May, with many in the House of Commons having been expecting to vote on her deal.

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