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Theresa May Tells MPs It Is 'High Time' They Make A Decision On Brexit

HuffPost UK logo HuffPost UK 20/03/2019 Graeme Demianyk

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Theresa May has told MPs it is “high time” they make a final decision on Brexit.

Speaking inside Number 10 Downing Street in an address direct to the nation, the prime minister said she “passionately hopes” they will back her deal as she told a public sick of the issue: “I am on your side.”

May again insisted MPs must decide between her highly disputed Brexit withdrawal deal, quitting the EU with no deal with potentially damaging economic consequences, or not leaving at all.

No 10 © No 10 No 10 Her evening statement came on yet another frantic day in British politics after May earlier wrote to EU leaders requesting a three-month delay to quitting the bloc until June.

Ramping up the drama, Brussels chief Donald Tusk responded that the remaining 27 nations would only agree a short delay to Brexit if MPs voted for Theresa May’s troubled deal.

Her withdrawal agreement, thrashed out with the EU, has already been voted down by MPs twice and in historic numbers.

Theresa May, Philip Hammond are posing for a picture © PA Wire/PA Images Doubts remain whether Speaker John Bercow would even allow a third meaningful vote - dubbed MV3 - if MPs are asked to vote on the same motion. 

Tusk’s ultimatum opens up the prospect of the UK quitting the union on March 29, as scheduled, without an agreement - a so-called no-deal Brexit that critics fear will seriously damage the UK economy.

With the crisis engulfing Westminster, speculation is also mounting over May’s future as Prime Minister, with the mood among the Tory party descending yet further after she asked the EU for a delay.

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