May: Parliament support 'insufficient' for Brexit deal

Theresa May after she held her seat in Maidenhead at the 2017 election

And although the prime minister has said she would not negotiate a Brexit delay that obliges the United Kingdom to participate in those elections to the European Parliament, she would not have a choice - unless she quits. "But we can't pre-commit to following whatever they vote for, because they might vote for something that is completely impractical", he added.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said she still does not have "sufficient support" to bring her Brexit deal back to the House of Commons for a third vote.

Her de facto deputy David Lidington later assured Parliamentarians that the government "has honored the wishes of the House" after they voted in previous non-binding motions, including ruling out a no-deal Brexit and in favor of delaying the country's exit from the EU. "The best way now to deliver on Brexit is to vote for the Prime Minister's deal", he said.

If they defeat it, Britain has until April 12 to tell the European Union what it plans to do next: leave without a deal, risking economic chaos, or seek a long delay to Brexit and chart a course toward a softer exit or even remaining in the bloc.

His comments will give hope to Mrs May that she can still get the Withdrawal Agreement through the House of Commons before April 12.

In his resignation letter published on Tuesday, Alistair Burt, a Foreign Office minister, said, "Parliament should seek urgently to resolve the situation by considering alternatives freely, without the instruction of party whips, and Government should adopt any feasible outcome as its own in order to progress matters".

Labour set out what it wanted from a Brexit deal a long time ago and the PM's deal does not do that, which is why I voted against it.

For her part, May warned that the government might not abide by Parliament's decision, describing herself as being "sceptical" about holding indicative votes.

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The only real opportunities to vote on alternative Brexit options in the Commons have come in amendments to Mrs May's "meaningful votes" on her Withdrawal Agreement and motions following its defeat. But if the DUP refuse to endorse the deal at the 11th hour Mrs May's chances of winning 75 more votes at the third attempt than she managed on March 12 appear to be shrinking fast.

A second amendment, seeking parliamentary approval for a no-deal Brexit should one be looming less than a week away - and with an option to delay the separation still further in an effort to negotiate around the impasse - was rejected 314 to 311.

But supporters of Sir Oliver Letwin's amendment said they did not trust the government to give MPs a say on the full range of Brexit options.

UK Members of Parliament began the process of taking control of the Brexit process from Theresa May's government on Monday (25 March), paving the way for a series of votes on alternatives to May's twice rejected Brexit deal.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also warned the Government must "take this process seriously".

He added: "The government has failed and this House must, and I believe will, succeed".

A cross-party group will on Monday try to force a debate for later this week on the way forward, which could ultimately see MPs legislate to force May to change course.

Mrs May said there were not enough backers to support another referendum, a new agreement, or not leaving the European Union at all. "I am sure she will look at the will of parliament and say parliament has mandated me to go to Brussels with this solution", he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday.



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