UNITED KINGDOM Brexit: Chancellor calls for cross-party compromise


Prime Minister Theresa May will attempt, for a third time, to see her deal through and she will be putting pressure on the Brexiteer wing of her party to back her deal and the signs are that some of these Members of Parliament (MPs) will back her deal, but that the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) may not, and that would be decisive.

He told MPs they had "a solemn duty in the days ahead to put aside our differences and seek a compromise".

"Tonight this House has once again definitely ruled out no deal", Corbyn said, after lawmakers voted 312-308 for an amendment that would stop May from exiting the European Union on March 29 without a withdrawal agreement or future relationship framework.

Battling a sore throat at Prime Minister's Questions, she said: "I may not have my own voice but I understand the voice of the country".

The deal was defeated in the Commons on Tuesday evening by 149 votes. He suggested his alternative plan to remain in a customs union was "the only show in town". "Tonight she's not even showing the leadership to whip on no deal". "Parliament must now take control of the situation".

'While an extension of Article 50 is now inevitable, responsibility for that extension lies exclusively and squarely at the Prime Minister's door'.

The Commons votes mean that MPs will vote on an extension to Article 50 on Thursday, potentially delaying Brexit until May or later, and leaving the whole process in doubt. There's a hope that a handful of Labour MPs will get behind the deal now that plans for the Commons to take control have fallen flat.

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Corbyn asked which way May would vote on the government motion, for which Conservative MPs will have a free vote.

Although the PM managed to convince about 40 Tory MPs to change their mind, it was not almost enough to overturn the historic 230 vote defeat she suffered on the same deal in January.

"But I think we also have to explore other options". To take no deal off the table, it is not enough to vote against no deal - you have to agree to a deal.

Some of them believe it's time now to go hell-for-leather to leave without an overarching deal but move to make as much preparation as possible, and fast.

"I would be delighted if a consensus emerges behind the Prime Minister's deal over the next day or two".

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced in the early hours of Tuesday that the prime minister had secured "legally binding" changes to the deal and, in particular, to the controversial Irish backstop provision, which would be complemented with "meaningful clarifications" and "legal guarantees". "So can the prime minister tell us, exactly what her plan is now?"