May urges United Kingdom lawmakers: Give me more time to get Brexit deal

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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will this week ask Parliament to give her more time to renegotiate her Brexit deal with the European Union, promising lawmakers a further chance to take control of the process before the clock runs out, according to officials with knowledge of her plans.

Britain is due to leave the European Union on March 29 but has yet to find a deal which is acceptable to both Brussels and lawmakers at home, raising the prospect of a disorderly exit that could damage the world's fifth largest economy.

"If the meaningful vote has not happened, so in other words things have not concluded, then parliament would have that further opportunity [to vote] by no later than February 27", he said.

May is set to address parliament about the state of negotiations by Wednesday at the latest, with MPs set to vote on Thursday on how to proceed. Meanwhile, MPs in Westminster "will be tempted to try to frustrate" Britain's departure by either pushing to delay exit day or watering down Brexit. The U.K.'s bid for last-minute changes has exasperated European Union leaders, who insist the legally binding withdrawal agreement can't be changed.

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May has been seeking changes to the deal with Brussels since it was rejected by a record majority in parliament on January 15.

'We know that businesses are leaving the country, we know that businesses are making plans that will damage communities across the country and just this week we had a new chapter in the unfolding nightmare that the trade deals that the United Kingdom businesses enjoy through the European Union will not be ready in time for leaving'.

Asked by Sky News if she could stay in office if that became government policy, Tuss said: "I absolutely do not think that should be our policy".

The Speaker, John Bercow, will decide whether to select any of the amendments for a vote.

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The PM is facing another round of crunch Brexit votes in the Commons on Valentine's Day - with Remainer and Eurosceptic opponents again seeking to bind her hands.

Before the debate begins, lawmakers will have to agree to the proposed timetable for the debate, now just one day.

MPs are set to vote on Britain's Brexit options on February 14. However she is not expected to secure any changes before then.

But he confirmed a meaningful vote on whether to accept or reject a revised deal might not happen until March.

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The government will give parliament another chance to debate the issue by February 27 using the same format described above, if a deal has not been agreed before then.

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