Varadkar: DUP do not want no-deal Brexit

But the Commons is voting now on a more damaging plan to seize control of the Commons agenda next week with the aim of taking over the Brexit process.

Sarah Wollaston from the Independent Group has tabled an amendment for Brexit to be delayed to allow for a second European Union referendum.

In the run-up to a crucial summit of European Union leaders where May will ask for a delay to Brexit, Brussels fears there is little hope that she will succeed in passing her deal this week and is preparing itself for a change of the guard in Downing Street.

Some have expressed fear that the country's 33.5 billion-euro ($38 billion) tourism industry could suffer if Britain departs from the EU.

It comes as UK Prime Minister Theresa May continues her efforts to win support for her Brexit deal.

Shadow housing minister Yvonne Fovargue, shadow education minister Emma Lewell-Buck, shadow business minister Justin Madders, Ruth Smeeth, a shadow ministerial aide, and Labour whip Stephanie Peacock, all quit their roles to oppose one.

Documents circulating among EU ambassadors make clear the bloc would terminate the UK's membership on 1 July if it has not taken part in European Parliament elections.

DUP figures and British ministers this weekend are attempting to hammer out a deal or compromise so British prime minister Theresa May can get her Brexit deal through Westminster. However this will require unanimous agreement from the 27 leaders, which is not guaranteed as the EU's chief negotiator and several leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, have said there would need to be a good reason given.

Downing Street said this was a "natural consequence" of Mrs.

Mrs May says she wants to minimise any delay to just three months, but to achieve that she will need parliament to back her deal at the third time of asking early next week. Although the bloc could consider a delay to Brexit, it has made clear that after two years negotiating with Ms.

Health Secretary Matthew Hancock said it would be "extremely difficult" but "still possible to deliver Brexit on 29 March with a deal".

Mrs May will also look to get her deal passed through the House of Commons again, with plans to hold another vote next week.

The European Union will tell the United Kingdom that if it wants the option of delaying Brexit for more than three months it must hold European Parliament elections, or risk a perilous new cliff-edge in July. In principle, Labour supports the idea of a second referendum, but asked its MPs to abstain.

A People's Vote campaign.

Labour MP Wes Streeting, who supports a second referendum but voted against the amendment, said that today was not "the right time" to back another vote.

  • Joey Payne