Corbyn: I will table no-confidence motion in Prime Minister

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media caption Liam Fox'How do we tell the SNP that they can't have another referendum on independence

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Liam Fox'How do we tell the SNP that they can't have another referendum on independence

May told lawmakers in the House of Commons on Monday that they would resume debate on the deal when Parliament comes back after its Christmas break the week of January 7, with the vote held the following week.

The opposition Labour Party meanwhile faced refusal over its request for a no-confidence motion in May and growing pressure to table a binding vote against the government.

In a bid to assuage concerns, the 62-year-old travelled to an EU Council summit in Brussels on December 13 - a day after surviving a confidence vote in her leadership triggered by disgruntled Eurosceptic members of her ruling Conservative Party - to seek reassurances from European leaders on the backstop.

"This house has no confidence in the prime minister due to her failure to allow the House of Commons to have a meaningful vote", Corbyn told lawmakers ahead of tabling the motion in parliament.

The same reports also said May's effective deputy, David Lidington, was in talks with opposition Labour MPs about a new vote.

With the European Union offering little in the way of concessions to win over lawmakers, an increasing number of politicians are calling for a second referendum - something some of her ministers say could be avoided if the government tested Brexit scenarios in parliamentary votes.

It is unacceptable for the country to wait another month before Parliament has the chance to vote on Theresa May's botched deal.

The source insisted the statement was not sent late to Labour, adding: "It was a copy of the statement drafted well in advance of that briefing [on the confidence motion] from the Leader of the Opposition's office becoming public, and the statement that was sent to him reflected an already-drafted and already-agreed decision".

Some Brexiteers think a no-deal departure could be managed to ease the economic shock, while pro-EU lawmakers say no-deal Brexit must be avoided at all costs.

The British Army has 3,500 troops "held at readiness" in the case of a no-deal Brexit, UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has said.

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But remarkably, a similarly narrow majority of 51% also agree with the prime minister's argument that holding another Brexit referendum would break faith with the British people - 42% think it would not, while 7% are unsure.

"Another vote which would do irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics, because it would say to millions who trusted in democracy, that our democracy does not deliver".

"This announcement is simply an attempt to scaremonger MPs, businesses, and the British public into supporting the Prime Minister's deal".

And in a further sign that Britain could be edging closer to crashing out, United Kingdom government technical notices published earlier in the year which said a no-deal "remains unlikely" were updated.

Mrs May's official spokesman told a Westminster media briefing that there were "no plans" to stage an indicative vote on a range of Brexit options, but did not definitively rule the option out.

But Downing Street was reported yesterday to be blocking the motion from being debated. "Not only do we need to prepare the country, but it's also the best way that we will ensure that we get a deal".

"She must immediately inform the European Union that she will seek their approval for an extension of article 50 if MPs reject her deal in January".

Another proposal being put forward if May's deal does not pass parliament is for MPs to be asked to vote on different options to try and work out what steps to take next.

The government said it would not grant Parliament time to debate the motion, calling it a "stunt".

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