James Brokenshire says Commons will have chance to block no-deal Brexit

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD and the UK Prime Minister Theresa May

Theresa May is promising MPs more Brexit votes before the end of February, amid claims she is trying to run down the clock before the UK's departure from the European Union.

If no deal on the changes to the Brexit withdrawal agreement has been reached with Brussels by Wednesday, as seems overwhelmingly likely, May will address MPs on progress made, say more time is needed for negotiations, and table a "neutral motion" for debate the following day.

If May succeeds in winning changes to her Brexit deal in the next few days she could bring it back for a debate and vote before February 14, and this more general debate would not go ahead.

Sir Keir earlier said his plan was necessary to put a "hard stop" to Mrs May "running down the clock" before the March 29 deadline. "And that's what we want to do this week".

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, but Parliament has rejected May's divorce bill, leaving the prime minister to seek changes from the EU.

"Switzerland is one of the most valuable trading partners that we are seeking continuity for, accounting for more than 32 billion pounds worth of trade a year", Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox said in a statement.

In the vote this week lawmakers are set to vote on amendments that could limit May's options and give parliament a broader say over the Brexit process.

Labour will seek to force Mrs May into a decisive second Commons showdown on her Brexit deal by February 26.

Last week, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn set out the conditions under which he would instruct his party to support an exit deal in parliament.

He said: "I've never thought you could get to another referendum going directly to it - you'll get to it when the people see what the true Brexit alternatives are and the truth is there are two".

"We have to keep it together, because in the end, any chance of effective opposition goes if an opposition party starts to lose members from their team".

Treasury Chief Secretary Liz Truss refused to rule out quitting if Mrs May did accept the demand for a customs union.

"It is not going to be easy but crucially President Juncker and I have agreed that talks will now start to find a way through this, to find a way to get this over the line and to deliver on the concerns that parliament has so we get a majority in parliament".

Truss said the United Kingdom must have an "independent trade policy" and questioned whether a customs union could command a majority in Parliament.

Asked by Sky News if she could stay in office if that became government policy, Tuss said: "I absolutely do not think that should be our policy".

Christine Lagarde spoke at the World Government Summit in Dubai, where she didn't hesitate to criticize Britain's upcoming departure from the European Union, known as Brexit.



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