United Kingdom minister resigns amid Brexit row with government

Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn are due to sit down for Brexit talks later on Wednesday

In a letter to the Prime Minister, Mr Adams said he had stood down as Wales Minister over the Government's decision to work with Jeremy Corbyn in an effort to break the Brexit deadlock. "The country needs a solution, and the country deserves a solution, and that is what I am working to find", May told MPs during Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday.

Fervent EU critic Jacob Rees-Mogg said the prime minister's decision to seek an alliance with Corbyn meant she was collaborating with a "known Marxist".

It is up more than 1.3% from yesterday's low of $1.3015, struck after MPs' failure on Monday to agree an alternative plan to May's withdrawal agreement pushed Britain closer to a no-deal Brexit, the worst scenario for sterling.

"There hasn't been as much change as I expected, " he said. "The security of Europeans will be our top priority".

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Ireland would support a delay but Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said there was now no reason to agree an extension.

Meanwhile, May's move infuriated pro-Brexit Conservatives who say Britain must make a clean break with the European Union in order to take control of its laws and trade policy.

"The Prime Minister's deal won't go through and no deal in law is taken off the table, then the outcome of that is either a soft Brexit or no Brexit at all".

"It now seems all too likely that British trade policy and key law-making powers will be handed over to Brussels - with no say for the United Kingdom".

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said the government would accept a soft Brexit if lawmakers voted for it.

Tory MP David Jones asked if Mrs May still thought Mr Corbyn was ‘not fit to govern
Tory MP David Jones asked if Mrs May still thought Mr Corbyn was ‘not fit to govern

The dire data follows an equally poor showing from Britain's construction sector, which recorded its first back-to-back contraction since 2016 in March as Brexit anxiety continues to weigh on firms as they delay building projects.

The Brexit-backers condemned May's shift. "He says the authorities" ought to have only been clearer the results of the, the parliamentary arithmetic, would signify that this would be necessarily a sort of softer kind of Brexit". May said Tuesday she would seek another Brexit delay and hold talks with the opposition to seek a compromise, but it's unclear whether that will lift the uncertainty for businesses.

Corbyn, who voted against joining the bloc in 1975, has said Brexit should include a customs union with the EU and protection for consumer and environmental standards, and workers' rights.

"Even if, after today, we don't know what the end result will be, let us be patient", he tweeted - a suggestion the European Union would wait for Britain to present a clear plan. Adams argues that a customs union is now inevitable, which is "not the Brexit my constituents were promised". Pro-Brexit lawmakers think it keeps Britain too closely tied to European Union rules.

A motion was approved in the European parliament on Wednesday by which procedures are set in motion for Gibraltar to be officially described as a "colony" of the UK.

The offer of the olive branch was accepted by the Labour leader, who said that "we will meet the prime minister".

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said "there is no Plan B" with a majority in Britain's Parliament.

"This debate, this division, can not drag on much longer", May said in a statement to television cameras at her 10 Downing Street office.

"Every member of this house in involved in Brexit", Mrs May retorted.

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