United Kingdom government accepts alternative plan demand if May's deal is rejected

MPs defeat May, urge her to rule out 'no deal' Brexit

"An extension would be a possibility because clearly there would have to be time to negotiate".

Theresa May has been forced to present MPs with a new Brexit plan within three days if her current one is voted down next week, in a move meant to lessen the chance of Britain exiting the European Union without a deal.

Brexit-backing Tories accused Mr Bercow of flouting Commons procedures by allowing a vote on the proposal, tabled by former attorney general Dominic Grieve.

"I hope colleagues will understand when I say that I require no lessons or lectures from others about how to discharge my obligations to Parliament and in support of the rights of backbench parliamentarians".

"Isn't the prime minister bringing back exactly the same deal she admitted would be defeated four weeks ago?" he asked.

Nevertheless the vote will be seen as another blow to the Prime Minister's authority as she struggles to win support for her Withdrawal Agreement.

Dame Caroline, who organised the letter with Labour MP Jack Dromey, told the Press Association: "She showed that she understands the damage that would be caused if the United Kingdom did leave the European Union without a deal - she's not prepared to rule that out at this stage because of course in her view we can avoid all that if we support her agreement".

The most controversial element of the agreement is the "backstop" arrangement, which could see Northern Ireland continue to follow certain European Union trade rules after Brexit to avoid border checks with Ireland.

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, speaks, during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London, Wednesday.

The Government would remain under an global obligation to keep the border open, and it is understood ministers would be expected to seek alternative arrangements, possibly involving the use of new technology, within the 12-month deadline.

The government has now offered guarantees to devolved politicians in the province over the operation of the backstop, and on the free flow of trade between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain.

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Wednesday´s amendment, which passed by 308 votes to 297, has more weight.

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay, opening up the debate, laid out concessions being put forward by the government to address the issue of the backstop.

May's government suffered a defeat in parliament on Tuesday when lawmakers who oppose leaving without a deal won a vote on creating a new obstacle to a no-deal Brexit.

Theresa May is openly contemplating a Brexit "Plan B" amid growing signs that the British Parliament will reject the deal she's reached with the European Union and try to take charge of what happens next.

But he refused to say that the Government would rule out a no deal, saying: "The default is in law that unless we have a deal then we will fall into no deal".

"Now, I think, is the time for Parliament to recognise this".

"I think it probably would have been against the advice of most people on parliamentary procedure".

Earlier, the Commons was in uproar after it emerged the Speaker had allowed MPs the chance to have a major influence on the Brexit process through simply amending a business motion, which would set out the run of play.

Mrs May's office said the deal was in the national interest but if MPs disagreed, the government would "respond quickly".

Nottinghamshire campaigners believe arguments over Brexit "could go on forever" if Theresa May's Brexit deal is approved by parliament next week.

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