United Kingdom and Switzerland to sign post-Brexit trade agreement

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street

KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH APBritain's Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Downing Street

The communities secretary, James Brokenshire, said that if no finalised deal were put to the Commons by 27 February, MPs would again be given an amendable motion to consider.

With just 47 days until the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, Theresa May has yet to get a deal agreed in the Commons, while EU leaders insist they are not prepared to reopen the agreement.

If no deal on the changes to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been reached with Brussels by Wednesday, as seems overwhelmingly likely, Mrs May will address MPs on progress made, say more time is needed for negotiations, and table a "neutral motion" for debate the following day.

May will ask lawmakers on Thursday to reaffirm that they support her bid to renegotiate the backstop, a government source said.

The UK has signed an agreement with Switzerland ensuring the trading relationship between the two nations will continue after Brexit, the British government said.

Embattled Theresa May is facing a Labour ambush that could force a vote to kill off her Brexit deal within weeks.

"We can't allow that to happen", Sir Keir said. 'There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough'.

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Challenged on whether there would be a vote on the deal this month, rather than on another series of amendments, he said: "If the meaningful vote has not happened, so in other words things have not concluded, then Parliament would have that further opportunity by no later than 27 February".

There are fewer than 50 days until Brexit.

The British government is seeking to win more time to secure European Union concessions on Brexit that could pass parliament and avert a chaotic split from the bloc on March 29.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has written to the Prime Minister setting out five demands that would have to be met for his MPs to support a deal, including a permanent customs union and close alignment with the single market. The prime minister is now in talks with Brussels to seek these changes to the backstop.

Mrs May described discussions with European Union leaders in Brussels as "robust but constructive" and insisted she was determined to "negotiate hard" over the coming days to secure legally-binding changes to the Agreement which will render it acceptable to Parliament.

A number of government ministers will also be meeting their counterparts across the continent this week, in order to underline Mrs May's determination to achieve a deal.

He told the Sophy Ridge on Sunday programme that it would lead to a "very hard border" on the island of Ireland and is contrary to the Good Friday Agreement, the peace deal he helped negotiate which brought an end to The Troubles.

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