As MPs again vote on Brexit options on Thursday, Eurosceptic Conservatives are threatening to oppose the government’s motion.
Tory critics insist the motion effectively means the PM is abandoning a no-deal exit option.
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John McDonnell has risked deepening divisions in Labour’s top team by admitting a general election is “unlikely”.
The shadow chancellor backed Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, who said on Tuesday that pushing for a general election was no longer a “credible option”.
That claim prompted a rebuke from Jeremy Corbyn’s team, with the Labour leader’s spokesman insisting that triggering an election remained the “preferred option”.
But asked whether he agreed with Sir Keir, Mr McDonnell told a Politico event: “We’re still in the hope of a general election, but it’s unlikely, so, yeah, I think [he is].”
That is unlikely to go down well with Mr Corbyn’s team…
MPs will vote tonight on whether to agree to give Theresa May more time for Brexit talks with the EU.
The motion says further time is needed to secure concessions on the backstop, which Ms May believes will be enough to win parliament’s backing for her Brexit deal.
But the prime minister is facing the prospect of another defeat, with Eurosceptic MPs set to either abstain or vote against the government motion because they say it rules out a no-deal Brexit.
In reality, the vote is largely symbolic, with Ms May likely to carry on regardless in a bid to secure changes that Brussels insists are impossible…
Welcome to today’s live coverage from Westminster.
The latest showdown comes as European Council president Donald Tusk expressed frustration at a lack of progress in London.
He tweeted: “No news is not always good news. EU27 still waiting for concrete, realistic proposals from London on how to break Brexit impasse.”
And Dutch PM Mark Rutte told the Financial Times the Netherlands is already benefiting from businesses relocating from a “diminished” Britain.
In a bid to keep lines open with EU leaders, Ms May spoke with French president Emmanuel Macron and Romanian president Klaus Iohannis on Wednesday evening.
But she faces an immediate threat in the Commons as Tory Brexiteers have expressed concern at the thrust of part of the Government motion.
Many back the fact it reiterates support for the direction agreed on January 29, when MPs supported an amendment authorising Ms May to return to Brussels to renegotiate the controversial Irish backstop.
But members of the backbench European Research Group (ERG) say that it effectively endorses another amendment approved by MPs that day, which rules out no-deal but is not binding on the Government.
Though Ms May is expected to be able to weather a defeat on the Government motion, such an outcome would be embarrassing as she seeks to get the EU to agree to changes regarding withdrawal proposals.
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