Theresa May asks MPs for more time on Brexit

Switzerland formalises post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK

British Prime Minister Theresa May asked MPs Tuesday to give her more time to try and revive her Brexit deal with the European Union in what the opposition said was a ploy to "run down the clock".

"Businesses are begging for certainty", he added.

"The talks are at a crucial stage", May will tell parliament's House of Commons on Tuesday, according to remarks supplied by her Downing Street office. May told MPs on Tuesday. "We now all need to hold our nerve to get the changes this House requires and deliver Brexit on time".

After MPs voted to seek "alternative arrangements" to the controversial Irish backstop, an insurance policy to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland, the United Kingdom is seeking either a legally binding time limit to the backstop or a legally binding unilateral exit clause. Opponents, including dozens of Ms.

Britain and the European Union agreed last week to hold further talks by the end of the month in an attempt to avoid a no-deal Brexit. The EU and Ireland have insisted the backstop must remain in order to uphold the provisions of the 1998 Good Friday Agreement which ended decades of sectarian violence and eliminated border controls between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

May updated parliament following a series of last-gasp meetings held in Belfast, Brussels, and Dublin despite European Union leaders' insistence that they will not renegotiate the deal they had already struck with her.

Corbyn told parliament the prime minister has just one real tactic: "to run down the clock hoping Members of this House are blackmailed into supporting a deeply flawed deal". "She is playing for time and playing with people's jobs, our economic security and the future of our industry".

It is impossible to speculate whether the incredible power unelected civil servant Robbins wields in the Brexit process really had gone to his head enough to turn him into an old-fashioned pub-bore monopolising discussion at an expensive Brussels hotel bar.

And Mrs May promised to return to the Commons on 26 February with a further statement - triggering another debate and votes the following day - if a deal has not been secured by that date.

The journalist euphemistically described the volume with which Robbins was talking, writing "He was speaking in such a manner that you didn't have to listen hard to hear him", and reported the comments that Robbins had decided British Members of Parliament could either accept Theresa May's Brexit deal or face Brexit being delayed.

"Unfortunately I didn't hear any concrete proposal to break the deadlock".

The two countries have signed a post-Brexit trade deal that would cover most of the existing agreements that govern relations with the EU. Figures released Monday showed that Britain's economy slowed a year ago to its joint-slowest annual rate since 2009, with business investment declining for four straight quarters.

In the fourth quarter, British business investment fell 1.4 percent for the fourth straight quarterly decline - the first time that has happened since the 2008 financial crisis.

The new trade deal will come into effect after the end of the Brexit transition period.

"I agree that the longer this goes on, the more risky it gets, obviously", Stewart said. Bank of England governor Mark Carney last week said "the fog of Brexit" was to blame for the bank's equally grim forecasts of a continued growth slowdown in 2019.

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