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Theresa May to offer MPs no-deal Brexit vote

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Theresa May has promised MPs a vote on ruling out a no-deal Brexit or delaying the UK’s departure, if they reject her deal next month.

Theresa May is making a statement to MPs on Brexit, amid the threat of a revolt by Remain-supporting ministers.

The prime minister promised MPs a meaningful vote on her Brexit deal by 12 March.

If they reject her deal she will allow votes on delaying Brexit and ruling out no deal, she said.

That would mean the UK would “only leave without a deal on 29 March if there is explicit consent in the House for that outcome”, she told MPs.

But she stressed that she did not want to see Article 50 extended, warning that “it would not make getting a deal any easier”.

The PM said she will put her withdrawal agreement – including any changes she has agreed with the the EU – to a meaningful vote by 12 March.

If that fails, MPs will be offered two separate votes the following day:

  • One on a no-deal Brexit
  • Another on requesting an extension to the two-year Article 50 negotiation process to delay EU withdrawal beyond 29 March.

The sequence of votes will be proposed on Wednesday in an amendable motion for MPs to debate and vote on.

Mrs May told MPs: “They are commitments I am making as prime minister and I will stick by them, as I have previous commitments to make statements and table amendable motions by specific dates.”

The move is an attempt to avoid a defeat for the government on Wednesday, which would see MPs taking control of the Brexit process.

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