John Bercow tells Britain's parliament they are not traitors

John Bercow tells Britain's parliament they are not traitors

Earlier Tusk Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, suggested that EU leaders will only approve May's request for a three month delay if MPs approve her Brexit deal next week.

Some pro-EU ministers have said they would quit if she proceeded with plans to leave without a deal, forcing May to hold a symbolic parliamentary vote on ruling it out.

With just eight days before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union, the Prime Minister will make the case for extending the Article 50 withdrawal process to June 30 at a Brussels summit on Thursday.

MPs - who rejected her deal by 230 votes in January and 149 last week - had been "unable to agree on a way to implement the UK's withdrawal", she stressed.

The behaviour of the Labour leader, who was also heading to Brussels on Thursday to hold talks with EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, was described by one of their number - Chuka Umunna - as "juvenile" at a time of national crisis.

He said: "I think the Prime Minister has shown remarkable determination and resilience in trying to deliver on the referendum result through the unprecedented challenges of the scale of the task in the face of a minority government, so achieving consensus on any issue is extremely hard".

"We asked you the question already and you gave us your answer", May said, reiterating her commitment to deliver Brexit.

Tusk's comments came after May formally wrote to him requesting a "short delay" to the Brexit departure date.

Many on both sides of Britain's Brexit divide would be happy to see her go, but her replacement by a new Conservative leader would not solve the country's political crisis.

Ahead of the meeting, Mr Tusk said a "short" delay should be possible - but only if MPs finally back Mrs May's deal before the deadline day on March 29.

And she implored Brits to stick with her, saying: "You, the public, have had enough".

But he said that the extension - which must be agreed unanimously by the EU27 - was likely to be conditional on Mrs May succeeding in forcing her twice-rejected Brexit deal through Parliament.

The fact Britain won't leave the bloc on schedule on March 29 is "a matter of great personal regret for me", she said.

John Bercow provoked uproar at Westminster on Monday when he ruled that the Government can not bring the Prime Minister's deal back for a third "meaningful vote" without substantial changes.

"I don't believe that's what you want and it is not what I want", May told viewers.

But he added: "If not, we will have to meet again next week ... we don't rule this out, we also don't welcome it, but I wish that there will be agreement by the British parliament to what Mrs May and I have negotiated last week in Strasbourg".

Hardliners saw Theresa May's "Chequers plan" as a betrayal of the referendum result and the influential ERG tried to oust her by triggering a vote of no confidence in December, which she survived by 200 votes to 117.

Despite the warnings from Brussels, EU officials said averting a calamitous no-deal split is now the priority.

It is a situation that should have left May, the prime minister who took the job claiming only she could provide the fortitude and resilience to see Brexit through, feeling humbled and contrite.

"Right now the choice is do we resolve this or do we have Brexit paralysis?"

Mrs May confirmed she intends to bring her deal back to the Commons for a third and final time before next Friday's scheduled Brexit date, with the EU's ultimatum setting up the vote as a deal or no-deal showdown.

Many pro-Brexit members of May's Conservative Party are opposed to a longer delay because they fear it could mean Brexit might never happen.

"It was a message to the public on a significant decision she has taken", she said.

Mr. Tusk said on Wednesday that he believed European Union leaders would agree to a short extension.

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