Theresa May to bring Brexit withdrawal bill before Parliament in early June

Theresa May to bring Brexit withdrawal bill before Parliament in early June

Downing Street said May intends to ask lawmakers to vote on a withdrawal agreement bill starting the week of June 3.

It will be the fourth time that the House of Commons votes on May's Brexit deal, after rejecting it in each prior vote.

Presumably the PM and ministers have noticed that mortgaging the UK's Brexit future to Jeremy Corbyn is haemorrhaging the Tory vote.

Brexit had been due to take place on March 29, but the deadline has since been extended to October 31 to buy the government more time to come up with a plan almost three years after British voters opted to leave the EU.

"The factual position is if MEPs are elected and (the British) parliament has not approved a withdrawal agreement bill which has achieved royal assent by June 30, they will take their seats", May's spokesman said.

At a marathon Cabinet meeting ministers agreed to continue the cross-party efforts despite Tory opposition, but stressed it was "imperative" for a Brexit deal to get through parliament by the summer.

"In particular he raised doubts over the credibility of government commitments, following statements by Conservative MPs and Cabinet ministers seeking to replace the prime minister", his spokesman said.

And he added that if there was any deal made with Labour to secure backing for the Bill, it could "destroy" the Conservative Party.

Some 13 former ministers, together with the chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, wrote to Mrs May urging her not to risk splitting the party by conceding to Labour's key demand.

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"We will come out of the Brexit break if there is something happening in London", European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said.

That would mean Britain leaving the European Union on 1 August and the Prime Minister fulfilling her pledge to step down once the first phase of the Brexit process has been completed.

Jeremy Corbyn and Theresa May met in parliament to discuss Brexit for an hour this evening, as the government confirmed that the withdrawal agreement bill would be brought forward in June. May's Conservative government has held weeks of talks with the opposition Labour Party in an attempt to reach a compromise on some of the major sticking points, but so far without signs of much progress.

Signatories include potential leadership contenders Boris Johnson and Dominic Raab.

Number 10 described the discussions as "both useful and constructive".

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"We believe that a customs union-based deal with Labour will very likely lose the support of Conservative MPs, like us, who backed the Withdrawal Agreement in March (in many cases very reluctantly), and you be unlikely to gain as many Labour MPs to compensate", they said.

But it would mean the United Kingdom can not negotiate its own trade deals on goods with other countries around the world, something many Brexit-supporting Tory MPs support.

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