Theresa May statement: PM says United Kingdom needs further extension to Article 50

Madeleina Kay Young European of the Year 2018 dressed in blue holds an EU flag and entertains the public while singing about Brexit outside the Houses of Parliament Westminster London ahead of the latest round of debates in the House of Commons concer

Madeleina Kay Young European of the Year 2018 dressed in blue holds an EU flag and entertains the public while singing about Brexit outside the Houses of Parliament Westminster London ahead of the latest round of debates in the House of Commons concer

Theresa May will ask the European Union for an extension to the Brexit deadline to "break the log jam" in Parliament.

Setting out her plan for talks with Mr Corbyn, Mrs May said: "The ideal outcome of this process would be to agree an approach on a future relationship that delivers on the result of the referendum, that both the leader of the Opposition and I could put to the House for approval and which I could then take to next week's European Council".

He said: "I think the United Kingdom deal, the deal that our country has negotiated with the European Union remains head and shoulders above other options for how we might leave the European Union".

Sturgeon said if lawmakers agree to the extension and not to fight European parliament elections then they will face the choice between the prime minister's divorce deal or leaving the EU without a deal.

Prominent Brexit supporters in May's cabinet, such as Michael Gove, defended her plan in public after a marathon meeting at which ministers haggled for hours over coffee and sandwiches.

Andrew Bridgen, an MP who has repeatedly called for the prime minister to stand down, said: "For the prime minister to effectively hand Jeremy Corbyn responsibility for Brexit will only further diminish this prime minister's standing in the party with MPs and activists across the country".

After nearly two years of negotiations, Britain and the European Union struck a divorce deal in November, laying out the terms of the departure from the bloc and giving a rough outline of future relations.

She said now is a "decisive moment in the history of these islands, and it requires national unity".

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Speaking inside Downing Street, Mrs May said: "I have always been clear that we could make a success of no-deal in the long term but leaving with a deal is the best solution".

The MPs did not give a timetable for the legislation, but are due to take control of parliamentary time on Wednesday, when they could either debate the legislation or set out when they intend to try and pass the bill.

"Furthermore, if she is intending to rely on Labour votes and ride roughshod over the Conservative Party in Parliament, she is putting the future of the party in peril".

Alun Cairns, Welsh Secretary, told BBC Wales he fully agrees with the prime minister's strategy.

"She needs to put forward a proposal, including saying how long an extension she thinks we need to sort things out".

The formal meeting stretched right the way into this evening.

He also warned that Labour would "hold in reserve" the option of tabling a confidence motion in the Government if it "proves it is incapable of commanding a majority in the House of Commons".

In the second round of "indicative" votes on four versions of a soft Brexit or a second referendum, the proposal tabled by veteran pro-European Conservative Ken Clarke for a permanent customs union came closest, falling by 273 to 276 votes. "But it is definitely worth trying", he added.

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