The Brexit process remains in deadlock as MPs struggle to find a consensus on the next steps.
The Commons failed to find a majority for a way forward after voting for eight different options on Wednesday.
Britain’s opposition Labour Party will not support Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal if she asks parliament to vote on just the divorce element without the agreement on the future relationship, its Brexit spokesman will say on Thursday.
May hopes to bring her twice-rejected deal back to parliament on Friday and media have reported she could seek to get it through by putting forward a vote on just the Withdrawal Agreement, separated from the Political Declaration.
“We would be leaving the EU, but with absolutely no idea where we are heading. That cannot be acceptable and Labour will not vote for it,” Keir Starmer will tell the British Chambers of Commerce conference, according to extracts provided by Labour.
“To now split the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration would leave us with the blindest of blindfold Brexits.”
The Daily Mail reported that last night, in an unprecedented move, politicians seized control of the Commons timetable from Theresa May to hold so-called indicative votes.
The poll showed Parliament is close to agreeing on a soft Brexit with a plan for the UK remaining in a customs union with the EU defeated by 272 votes to 264, while a second referendum was rejected by 295 votes to 268.
LONDON REUTERS/BBC/Daily Mail) March 28