May’s deputy warns of no-deal Brexit peril for economy and union

Jeremy Corbyn is reportedly facing up to 10 resignations from Labour's top team if he fails to push the case for a new Brexit referendum

"My understanding is that many of them have made representations directly to the prime minister indicating their concern and telling the prime minister that if by the end of February there is no deal that has been got through the Commons, we ought to extend", he said.

The government's leader in the House of Commons suggested it was increasingly unlikely that there would be any form of extension to Article 50.

'The Government does not want no-deal, but it is there because that is the legal default position, and any competent government must prepare for all eventualities, ' she told BBC Radio 4.

"What the analysis shows is that this is a strong economy that will continue to grow and that the model that actually delivers best on delivering the vote of the British people - and for our jobs and our economy - is the model that the government have put forward".

Theresa May will press on with efforts to secure a revised Brexit deal, despite another Commons defeat, and will return to Brussels "within days".

The pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group (ERG) had taken a "collective decision" to abstain causing the defeat.

After the defeat, in a vote that May did not attend, her office said that her government would continue changes to the existing Withdrawal Agreement in Brussels.

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These include ending China's alleged violations of intellectual-property rights and forced transfers of American technologies. China would likely respond by raising tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S goods that it announced past year in retaliation.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29, though there is speculation that date could be extended as the United Kingdom continues its last-minute search for a deal.

Sources in London suggested the prime minister had hoped that other European Union leaders would be more understanding of the kind of parliamentary game-playing seen on Thursday than officials in Brussels. Labour's demand the government call a vote on its withdrawal plan by February 27, or hand control to Parliament, was defeated by 16.

Mr Grieve said the ERG "seem to be completely cavalier about the risks that the country might run if we leave with no deal", something which he said the "overwhelming" majority of MPs were not prepared to accept.

May and many of her Conservative MPs reject that idea, but Barnier and EU Council President Donald Tusk have described it as "interesting".

The Liberal Democrats' Tom Brake asked: "In what way can we as members of Parliament, who have already voted to rule out no deal, can ensure that the government listen to that and respond appropriately?" "I don't think anyone would like to see this stalemate or impasse or period of purgatory continue for months and months and months".

If she refused, he said "a dozen or even more" ministers may resign, including "up to half a dozen" from the Cabinet.

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