May condemns Tony Blair's new Brexit vote call

Extraordinary EU leaders summit in Brussels

Asked if the government was preparing for a vote, education minister Damian Hinds told Sky News: "No, a second referendum would be divisive". I will continue to fight for a good deal for Britain.

The rebuff came after Mrs May - who survived a bruising vote of confidence by Tory Mps - told European Union leaders that she could get a Commons majority for the controversial deal, despite heavy criticism from all sides of the House.

Ahead of an expected statement to MPs on Monday, the Prime Minister is assessing her EU withdrawal agenda in light of a tense showdown with European leaders.

Nigel Farage said he believes the United Kingdom may face a second referendum in the coming months and urged Brexit campaigners to "get ready for every situation".

Senior Tories such as former chancellor Ken Clarke urged Mrs May to reach out to Labour MPs to try to find common ground to move forward.

With just over 100 days until Britain leaves the bloc on March 29, Brexit remains up in the air with growing calls for a no-deal exit, a potentially disorderly divorce that business fears would be highly damaging, or for a second referendum.

The PM cancelled a Commons vote on her Brexit deal scheduled for last Tuesday after she admitted it faced a "significant" defeat.

However, at the end of a bruising week, in which Mrs May survived a vote of no confidence by Tory MPs there were hopes there would be some move towards providing a legal assurance that the United Kingdom could not trapped in the backstop indefinitely.

"Our UK friends need to say what they want, instead of asking us to say what we want", he said.

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And he explained that constitutionally she should step aside because she can not get her deal, which is primary government business, through the house - as well as having lost the support of most of her MPs who are not on the payroll. "It means that food will not be on shelves".

Britain's exit from the European Union was heading for an impasse, one senior minister said yesterday, after a week in which Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win EU assurances on her deal and pulled a vote because United Kingdom lawmakers would defeat it.

"Far from being anti-democratic it would be the opposite, as indeed many senior figures in her party from past and present have been saying", he said.

Remember that, although the confidence vote was a secret ballot, anyone on the payroll should have resigned from their government post prior to voting against her, and as none did that we must assume they all voted for her. Bear in mind it would be very hard for them to later claim otherwise, wouldn't it.

It would solve the border problem with Ireland, but critics say it would mean accepting freedom of movement for European Union citizens.

Earlier the tensions erupted into public view when a visibly angry Mrs May was seen berating European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker over remarks he had made during the press conference in the early hours of Friday.

Theresa May has accused Tony Blair of "insulting" the British people and the office of prime minister by "undermining" Brexit talks with calls for a second referendum.

May herself has acknowledged that Britain's parliament appears deadlocked with no clear support for any option, with the small Northern Irish party that props up her government leading the criticism of her deal.



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