Brexit: MPs to vote on 29 March no-deal exit from EU

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If Prime Minister Theresa May presses on with her Brexit deal after lawmakers vote to delay Britain's exit, parliament will have to look at other options, the opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said on Wednesday.

May responded: "The deal that he's proposing has been rejected several times by this house".

Many MPs had been waiting to see whether Geoffrey Cox, the attorney general, would conclude the revised agreement would allow the United Kingdom to unilaterally exit the backstop - a key sticking point in the negotiations.

In line with a promise set out by Mrs May last month, MPs are now due to vote today on whether they are willing for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union without a deal on March 29.

He criticised the MPs "who always wanted Brexit [but] have voted against it again".

Speaking in the Commons while sucking on a cough sweet, the prime minister insisted she had secured "legally binding" changes from the European Union which ensure the Irish backstop can not be permanent.

Ms Smith, who voted to remain in the EU Referendum in 2016, voted against the government's Brexit deal last night because it "doesn't deliver what my constituents voted for".

Mrs May agreed but insisted her deal is a "good deal" and she wants the United Kingdom to leave with a good deal.

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Announcing the free vote, she told MPs: "This is an issue of grave importance for the future of our country".

The EU's chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said the current impasse "can only be solved in the UK" and MPs must decide what they want rather than what they don't. The discussion on Article 50 is done and dusted.

'The EU will want to know what use we mean to make of such an extension and this House has to answer that question. We have the Withdrawal Agreement.

"The Scottish Parliament voted overwhelmingly to reject the withdrawal agreement and reaffirmed this position when it voted against Theresa May's deal last week".

He added: "What needs to happen next is to rule out no deal, that would be a disaster for our country, and to seek an extension. Our "no-deal" preparations are now more important than ever before".

On Wednesday morning the government announced that most imports into the United Kingdom would not attract a tariff in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

She replied: "I will be voting for the motion standing in my name".

Opening the session, Mrs May joked that International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt "very helpfully offered to teach me sign language" - with her Cabinet colleague having previously used it at the despatch box.

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