MPs voted on Thursday by 413 to 202 - a majority of 211 - for Prime Minister Theresa May to ask the EU for a delay to Brexit. This means the UK may not now leave on 29 March as previously planned. Mrs. May says Brexit could be delayed by three months, to 30 June, if MPs back her deal in a vote next week.Add your comment!
The UK and Switzerland have signed a deal to continue trading after Brexit as they did before it. The continuity agreement - based on the EU's existing free trade deal with Switzerland - was agreed in December but ratified on Monday.
Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed Mark Menzies MP as the Prime Minister's Trade Envoy to Argentina. The announcement was made on Monday by the Secretary of State for International Trade Liam Fox, in a message to both Houses of Parliament.
Negotiations over the UK's departure from the EU are “now in the endgame”, Theresa May says. Addressing the Lord Mayor's Banquet in the City of London, the prime minister said the talks were “immensely difficult”, but the sides were working “through the night” to make progress.“This will not be an agreement at any cost,” the PM added.
The pound has fallen below US$1.29 for the first time in almost a year on continuing worries Britain will leave the EU without a trade deal. Sterling also hit a nine-month low against the euro, and was down against the yen and Swiss franc.
Liam Fox says the chance of a no-deal Brexit is growing, blaming the intransigence of the European Commission. The international trade secretary and Brexiteer put the chance of failing to come to an agreement at 60-40. He told the Sunday Times that Brussels' chief negotiator had dismissed the UK's Chequers proposals simply because we have never done it before.
British Prime Minister Theresa May has narrowly survived another crunch Brexit vote in parliament, as she struggles to unify her divided party around her strategy for leaving the European Union.
Tens of thousands of people have marched on Saturday in central London to demand a final vote on any UK exit deal, on the second anniversary of the Brexit vote. Organizers of the People's Vote march say Brexit is not a done deal and people must make their voices heard. Meanwhile, hundreds attended a pro-Brexit counter-protest. It came as senior Cabinet ministers, including Liam Fox and David Davis, insisted the UK is prepared to walk away from talks without an agreement.
Anti-Brexit campaigners who want the public to have the final say on the UK's departure will take to the streets later on Saturday to argue it is “not a done deal”. The London march comes on the two year anniversary of the 2016 vote to leave. People's Vote, which wants a referendum on any exit deal, said people must make their “voices heard” about the damage of leaving next year without agreement.
Theresa May has welcomed the passing of the Brexit bill through Parliament as a crucial step in delivering a smooth and orderly Brexit. Peers accepted the amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill sent to them from the House of Commons, meaning the bill now goes for Royal Assent, becoming law.