Published: Wed, April 03, 2019
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Brexit leaves Ford at crossroads on long-term UK plans

Brexit leaves Ford at crossroads on long-term UK plans

The move was announced as Mrs May and her senior ministers gathered at 10 Downing Street for an extended crisis session of Cabinet to try to break the Brexit deadlock.

The single-clause bill requires the Prime Minister to table her own motion seeking MPs' approval for an extension to the Article 50 process of Brexit talks to a date of her choosing.

The Labour leader said he would be "very happy" to meet the Prime Minister in a bid to offer "certainty and security" to the British people.

Letwin and Cooper are bringing the bill forward instead of holding another round of indicative votes, after MPs failed for the second time to reach a consensus on Brexit on Monday night.

President Macron told reporters that the European Union "cannot be hostage to the political crisis in the UK", and the government must come forward with "credible" reasons for an extension.

It would be down to the European Union to agree to an extension, and the bloc has already made clear it would only sanction more time if there was a shift in the UK's negotiating position.

THE PRIME Minister has announced that she will seek a further extension of Article 50, delaying Brexit once again.

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The Cabinet is scheduled to meet for five hours Tuesday amid calls for compromise to prevent a potentially devastating no-deal exit in just 10 days.

Mrs May said: 'This is a decisive moment in the story of these islands and it will require national unity to deliver the national interest'.

The UK has until 12 April to propose a plan - which must be accepted by the European Union - or it will leave without a deal.

A no-deal Brexit was "never our desired or intended scenario" but "becomes day after day more likely", he said.

Commenting on the bill, Ms Cooper claimed the country was "in a really risky situation with a serious and growing risk of no deal in 10 days' time".

Last week, Parliament took control of the process away from the government in order to hold a series of votes created to find an alternative way forward.

Letwin commented: "This is a last-ditch attempt to prevent our country being exposed to the risks inherent in a no deal exit".

Even Remainer QC Jo Maugham, who was behind the case that resulted in the European Court of Justice ruling the United Kingdom could unilaterally withdraw Article 50, explained that the bill was impractical, with an unworkable time scale and missing other significant details, the lawyer lamenting, "This is hopeless when we are so very near to No Deal. But it is definitely worth trying".

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