PM under pressure as Corbyn threatens no-confidence vote

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May used a visit to Brussels last week to call on European Union leaders to offer assurances over the so-called Northern Irish "backstop" - an insurance policy to prevent the return of a hard border between the British province and EU-member Ireland that its critics fear will tie Britain to the bloc in the long term.

British Defense Secretary says around 3,500 troops will be on standby in support of the government to help deal with any disruptions in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.

Mrs May faced shouts of "resign" from some Labour MPs as she updated the Commons about her trip to Brussels and insisted there is "no plot" among European Union nations to keep the United Kingdom in the backstop.

May had halted the parliamentary vote on the deal on December 10 to put forth the concerns vocalised by British MPs with her European counterparts.

While Dombrovskis would not confirm the plans add up to what pro-Brexit politicians in Britain have started referring to as a "managed no-deal", the decision will fuel the debate in London.

Mr Corbyn said she had "led the country into a national crisis", and lost the support of her own cabinet.

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However, shadow chancellor John McDonnell later said Labour had won a "victory in forcing the prime minister to set a date for the meaningful vote".

"There can be no logical reason for this delay except that in taking shambolic government to a new level, the Prime Minister no longer has the backing of her Cabinet".

At 5.17pm he tweeted similar sentiments along with a video of their Commons exchange, but around 35 minutes later he was back on his feet to announce the motion would be tabled after all.

May has also stressed it is not government policy to extend Article 50, further raising the possibility of a no-deal outcome.

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"Any effort to force Brexit over the line without checking that it has the continued consent of the British people will only reinforce divisions", she said.

"Does the Cabinet collective responsibility still apply? Yes".

He told a press conference in Brussels: "The deal that is on the table is the best and the only deal possible - we will not reopen it, it will not be renegotiated".

At his party's conference, at which members' views are supreme, Labour came to a tortured position on Brexit.

Mr Blackford ended his comments by calling on Mrs May to "stop operating in isolation" and meet opposition leaders to discuss a way forward.

But former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, a leading Brexit campaigner, said anyone considering a second referendum was "out of their minds".

"It's not what we want to do, it's not what we still expect to do. but I think it is right and proper that we maintain our work on preparing for no deal, however reluctantly".

But she added: "After that we need to find out where the will of Parliament is, where the majority of MPs will vote in Parliament and nothing should be off the table, we should consider all options".

She will be refereeing between ministers who want the government to step up preparations for a no-deal scenario and those that want parliament to have a final say in a series of votes on potential options for Brexit.

Ms Greening accused Mrs May of "not allowing debate" - something the PM dismissed.

But the Government would also have to allow Commons time for the confidence vote to take place this week and a Downing Street source challenged Labour to strengthen its attack.

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