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No Brexit can lead to fresh polls: Theresa May tells MPs

No Brexit can lead to fresh polls: Theresa May tells MPs

It's not clear when a vote might occur.

The drama in London played out as the European Court of Justice said in an emergency ruling Monday Britain can stop the Brexit process without approval of other member states.

"Please, prime minister, really do start listening and come back with changes to the withdrawal agreement or it will be voted down", said Nigel Dodds, deputy leader of the Northern Irish party which props up May's minority government. "We will not act, the agreement, which is now on the table, post".

John Bercow, speaker of the lower house of parliament, called for lawmakers to be given a vote on the decision to defer the vote on the deal itself.

There will be no successful Brexit without compromise on both sides, she said.

Dozens of legislators - both those who back a cleaner break with the European Union and those who want closer ties - have publicly promised to vote down May's divorce deal. This provision is meant to prevent between the British Northern Ireland and the EU Ireland after the Brexit again, border controls will be introduced.

May's government said the ruling means nothing, because it has no intention of reversing its decision to leave the European Union on March 29.

"The government has lost control of events and is in complete disarray", said opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn. "This can't go on", said Ms Sturgeon. "This deal would represent a huge step into the unknown", added Benn.

Still fighting to brush aside the calls for a second referendum, May said a second referendum "will lead to the significant loss of faith in our democracy".

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But now, we hear that May might pull the plug on the Parliament vote tomorrow.

"I will discuss with them the clear concerns that this House has expressed".

Scottish National Party MEP Alyn Smith, one of a cross-party group of Scottish politicians who brought the case, said it was "dynamite".

Before that call, a cabinet source said they believed ministers would back the decision to delay the vote, but added: "She needs to have a bloody good plan B".

May's office publicly insisted the vote was going ahead as recently as 11:20am on Monday in London but the prospect of an overwhelming revolt from members of parliament forced the premier to think again.

The pound sterling fell Monday to its lowest level since April 2017, down a sharp 1.7 per cent on the day to $1.2515 United States after May spoke.

The British pound plunged to its lowest level in 18 months after Prime Minister Theresa May delayed a key Brexit vote.

But a spokesperson for the European Commission said earlier on Monday the EU had already offered Britain the "best and only possible" Brexit deal and would not renegotiate a withdrawal agreement.

This morning, Downing Street confirmed the Prime Minister is due to inform the House of Commons in an oral statement at 3.30pm. Too much time has been wasted. European Union leaders have long insisted they would welcome Britain changing its mind, but many European Union officials and legal experts had believed that the approval of either all or most of the other 27 members states would be needed to halt Brexit altogether.