Brexit crisis: PM May plots new course round Speaker’s obstruction

Stephen Barclay said Theresa May's plan remained 'the only deal on the table'

Stephen Barclay said Theresa May's plan remained 'the only deal on the table'

"Essentially what he is trying to say is "Look what you have done has not got a majority, it has been roundly rejected twice, you need to try something else this time", she told Al Jazeera.

Mr Barnier warned that the current withdrawal agreement was "the only treaty available" and remains the "only possible basis" for the United Kingdom to leave with a deal. Now she is at the mercy of an exasperated European Union.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during Prime Minister's Questions at the House of Commons, March 13, 2019.

"If not, what would be the goal and the outcome of an extension?" he asked.

Ms Danielle Haralambous, an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, told Reuters: "Mr Bercow's statement was unprecedented and has more significantly limited the government's room for manoeuvre, making it hard to see how Mrs May can still hope to get her deal approved".

May's deal, agreed with Brussels, has been heavily rejected twice in the United Kingdom parliament, by 230 and 149 votes, respectively. In a Comres survey in the Telegraph, almost half of respondents said Britain would ultimately thrive if it left without a deal.

"The European Parliament and the Council have now approved almost all the foreseen contingency measures and are working on the two last measures that still need to be adopted - namely short-term visas and the EU budget for 2019".

Brexit Secretary Barclay, who last week said Britain should not fear a no-deal exit, said a change in context might be sufficient to meet Bercow's test.

Downing Street sources told the BBC there was no final decision in the Cabinet meeting on the length of the requested extension.

Mr Bercow yesterday ruled out allowing the Prime Minister to bring back the meaningful vote for a third time without any significant changes to the deal.

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May's spokesman said her office had not been warned the statement was coming.

However the ruling was welcomed by some hardline Conservatives, who argued that the chances of a no-deal Brexit - their preferred option - had been increased by the decision.

In the course of a 90-minute discussion with senior ministers, Mrs May made clear she wanted MPs to have another vote "as soon as possible". We were not given any advance warning he was going to say that'.

It seems unlikely the Prime Minister will attempt to hold a new vote on her deal before a European Council summit in Brussels at the end of this week.

'Does it make it more or less likely that an extension to Article 50 will be longer than the short three months?

Germany's European affairs minister, Michael Roth, said he expected "clear and precise proposals" from Britain.

At a press conference in Brussels, the EU's chief negotiator Mr Barnier said it was up to the 27 European Union leaders to decide whether to grant a delay, based on what was in the "best interest" of the EU.

European Council President Donald Tusk also said he was waiting for clarity after a meeting with the Irish leader Leo Varadkar in Dublin.

"We have to know what the British want: How long, what is the reason supposed to be, how it should go, what is actually the aim of the extension?"

Mr Barnier also warned that UK MPs voting against "no deal" would not prevent it from happening, saying that "everyone should now finalise all preparations for a no-deal scenario".

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