European Union preparing to delay Brexit until at least July

Chris Grayling the UK's transport secretary warned MPs against blocking Brexit

Chris Grayling the UK's transport secretary warned MPs against blocking Brexit

Straw polls show more than 200 MPs back May's deal, while about 100 support a no-deal Brexit and other factions advocate a "soft Brexit" that keeps Britain close to the European Union or a second referendum.

Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt also said that Brexit may not happen if the deal can't pass the Parliament.

A special leaders' summit to push back Brexit day is expected to be convened by the European council president, Donald Tusk, once a United Kingdom request is received.

Britain, the world's fifth largest economy, is due to leave the globe's biggest trading bloc in under 80 days but parliament looks likely to reject May's negotiated agreement next week, increasing the possibility of a disorderly Brexit.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that a failure to support her Brexit deal will be catastrophic for Britain.

In a significant shift of tone apparently created to win over hardline Brexiteers who have set their faces against Mrs May's deal, Mr Hunt warned that defeat next week would not necessarily provide MPs with the opportunity to choose their preferred version of Brexit.

"I think parliament did vote for an amendment to the finance bill this week which indicated its opposition to no deal but there isn't totally specific on it, we will do everything we can to prevent a no deal exit", he added.

A no-deal Brexit would be "catastrophic" for industry and trade, Corbyn told the BBC.

MPs are set to hold

He told Marr: "Clearly if Theresa May's deal is voted down, clearly if a general election takes place and a Labour government comes in - an election would take place February, March time - clearly there's only a few weeks between that and the leave date, there would have to be time for those negotiations".

The Sunday Times reported that rebel lawmakers were planning to wrest control of the legislative agenda away from May next week with a view to suspending or delaying Brexit, citing a senior government source.

The European commission will publish a letter on Monday giving fresh assurances on the temporary status of the Irish backstop in a hope to win over some MPs to the deal but EU officials are downplaying expectations.

'When you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard, ' she said.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "Chris Grayling has lost the plot". Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades.

One of her predecessors, Sir John Major, called for Article 50 to be revoked as he warned it would be "morally reprehensible" to crash out without a deal.

Corbyn said Labour would vote against May's deal, and if she lost would start moves to trigger a general election.

"The prime minister herself has said this is not the ideal deal".

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