Theresa May asks MPs for more time on Brexit

British PM Theresa May is still trying to secure a Brexit plan which her MPs can agree

British PM Theresa May is still trying to secure a Brexit plan which her MPs can agree

Prime Minister Theresa May begged MPs on Tuesday (12 February) to "hold their nerve" and give her more time to secure a Brexit deal.

May told MPs that talks are at a "crucial stage" and we need to "hold our nerve to get the changes this House requires and deliver Brexit on time". May told MPs on Tuesday.

Addressing MPs in the House of Commons, May said she was not yet ready to put an alternative Brexit deal before parliament, saying it may take time to get a revised deal from Brussels.

Parliament last month rejected Mrs May's Brexit deal with the European Union, in part over a contentious plan to keep a seamless border between the U.K.'s Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland after Brexit.

It's hard to see how Ms.

May went to Brussels last week in an attempt to secure changes to the so-called backstop arrangement created to avoid border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Opponents, including dozens of Ms.

Leadsom, responsible for bringing government business through parliament, said the talks were "pretty crucial but delicate negotiations with the European Union to try to make sure that we can sort out the problem with an unlimited backstop". The EU and Ireland have insisted the backstop must remain in order to uphold the provisions of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which ended decades of sectarian violence and eliminated border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland. She said May would bring her deal back to Parliament for a vote "as soon as the issue around the backstop has been sorted out".

Opposition MPs accused her of deliberately dragging out the process so that MPs will be forced to either accept her deal or risk the country leaving without an agreement.

May compounded her problems when she precipitously rejected outright Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's offer to play ball with her over Brexit if she would only renounce a Brexit without a deal. "She is playing for time, and playing with people's jobs, our economic security and the future of our industries".

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Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has also called on the Irish government to begin planning for a border poll, in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

The result of the vote will be purely symbolic, as it will not be legally binding, but a defeat would be a setback for Mrs May as she tries to persuade Brussels to change.

"Since markets are linked up across the globe and suppliers based outside the European Union are also affected by a no deal Brexit", they said.

May responded that she wanted negotiations "settled before Christmas" and said the best way to end uncertainty was "with a deal".

That said, it remains to be seen if it will be enough to win over United Kingdom parliament members but this is the limit in which the European Union will be willing to go to.

Business leaders have argued that a no-deal Brexit would spell disaster for the UK's economy.

Figures released Monday showed Britain's economy slowed previous year to its joint-slowest annual rate since 2009, with business investment declining for four straight quarters.

The British government denied on February 13 it was secretly plotting to force MPs into a last-minute choice on Brexit between a rejigged deal or a lengthy delay. Bank of England governor Mark Carney last week said "the fog of Brexit" was to blame for the bank's equally grim forecasts of a continued growth slowdown in 2019. "You have got to recognize this could go quite badly".

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