Good Friday agreement in peril over Brexit, Tony Blair warns

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Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer [PA Wire] However, MPs are now set to be promised another vote if a new deal hasn't be struck by 27 February, where they will also be able to make suggestions - including extending the Article 50 deadline.

Labour will seek to force Mrs May into a decisive second Commons showdown on her Brexit deal by February 26.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29th but Parliament has rejected May's divorce deal, leaving the Prime Minister to seek changes from a resistant EU.

Challenged on whether there would be a vote on the deal this month, rather than on another series of amendments, he said: "If the meaningful vote has not happened, so in other words things have not concluded, then Parliament would have that further opportunity by no later than 27 February".

"That gives that sense of timetable, clarity, and objective on what we're doing with the European Union - taking that work forward and our determination to get a deal - but equally knowing that role that parliament very firmly has", Brokenshire told the BBC.

May wants to win over lawmakers in her Conservative Party with changes relating to the Northern Irish border, but the EU has refused to reopen that part of the deal and instead wants May to pursue a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party by agreeing closer UK-EU ties.

If no deal on the changes to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been reached with Brussels by Wednesday, as seems overwhelmingly likely, Mrs May will address MPs on progress made, say more time is needed for negotiations, and table a "neutral motion" for debate the following day.

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"We can't allow that to happen", Sir Keir said.

"You would have a hard border, very hard border".

The move led to a backlash from pro-EU Labour MPs, but Mr Starmer defended the approach and warned against a split in the party.

"Or the only way to break the impasse is to have a public vote, and that remains our policy".

Speaking on Sky News's Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Blair said: "No one could responsibly propose (a no-deal Brexit)".

Asked if she could stay in office if the Government backed a customs union she said: "I absolutely do not think that should be our policy".

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