United Kingdom lawmakers defeat May on Brexit timetable

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"So members across the House (of Commons) should vote with us to break the deadlock", he said, adding Labour would call a vote of no confidence when it had the greatest chance of success.

The move comes as the Prime Minister suffered a fifth Commons defeat in less than a month yesterday as Parliament continued to wrestle Mrs May's deal out of her grasp.

During the speech Mrs Hodgson spoke about the abuse that some MPs have been receiving, including some directed at her in recent days and set out her reasons for voting against the Prime Minister's deal when it is brought before the House next week.

"The amendment doesn't affect the normal operations of the Treasury. but it does make it harder for the government to drift into no deal without parliament being able to direct it", Yvette Cooper, the MP who introduced the amendment, told the Guardian.

Parliament is not due to sit on January 18, so three working days will be January 21.

May is still struggling to convince both opposition lawmakers and her own Conservative party to back the divorce agreement, heightening fears Britain could leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal.

The endorsement came as pressure grew on May to rule out a no-deal Brexit if her agreement is rejected by MPs next week.

Ahead of next week's crunch Commons vote on Theresa May's plans, the Labour leader said the two-year Article 50 timetable could be extended beyond the planned leaving date of March 29.

"It would give the winning party a renewed mandate to negotiate a better deal for Britain and secure support for it in Parliament and across the country".

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He added: "The default is in law that unless we have a deal, then we will fall into no-deal".

"I also want to reassure colleagues that whatever the outcome of this debate, we will respond rapidly, recognising that we must provide parliament with as much security as possible", Barclay said.

Many in his party hope that he will call for a second referendum, but the veteran leftist, a long-time critic of the European Union, has so far resisted.

Mr Abe said: "It is the strong will of Japan to further develop this strong partnership with the United Kingdom, to invest more into your country and to enjoy further economic growth with the UK".

In the aftermath of Wednesday's defeat, May's office publicly discussed for the first time what she would do if she loses that critically important vote next Tuesday.

On Tuesday, legislators in the House of Commons handed the government a symbolic defeat by backing an amendment to the Finance Bill that puts roadblocks in the way of government spending on "no-deal" preparations.

Mrs Hodgson said she had been sent a threat which said she should be hung and was a traitor for signing a letter which raised concerns about what could happen if there is no deal.

Earlier this week, digital minister Margot James became the first member of the government to publicly admit that "we may have to extend Article 50" to avoid crashing out of the European Union with no deal.

An EU diplomat told AFP on Tuesday that "we are convinced that Theresa May will request a postponement after the agreement is rejected in the British parliament". Japan, like our other allies, understands the folly of a no-deal Brexit.

Britain's de-facto deputy prime minister, David Lidington, said politicians must abandon "fantasies about magical alternative deals that are somehow going to sort of spring out of a cupboard in Brussels".