Liam Fox accuses MPs of trying to 'steal' Brexit from the people

He said he hoped the speech of May would now set off "cross-party co-operation".

Jacob Rees-Mogg, chairman of the European Research Group of anti-EU lawmakers in May's Conservative Party, said Britain is likely to leave the European Union without a deal, with a revised Brexit deal as the next likely outcome.

May admitted that it was now necessary to confirm if the House still has confidence in the government and said that if a motion of no confidence was tabled, it would be debated in parliament on Wednesday.

One of those legislators, Labour's Yvette Cooper, said May was shirking her responsibility to the country by refusing to take "no deal" off the table. On Monday a group of veteran lawmakers is planning to present amendments that could eventually force her into renegotiating Brexit and even delaying the exit day. The vacuum-maker was accused of hypocrisy by Brexit opponents after announcing Tuesday that it is moving its head office from southwest England to Singapore.

Peter Altmaier says a no-deal or "hard" Brexit "must be avoided".

"I don't think it is any secret I firmly believe there should be a Remain option - and there has to be a genuine Leave option", he said.

It has come in what Jacinda Ardern is calling a constructive meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May in London. "There was none of this messy compromise stuff". She has also rejected staying in a customs union with the EU. An election the following year - called to cement the power of May's Conservatives - saw them lose their majority in Parliament, leaving her atop a fragile minority administration that struggles to pass legislation.

But the road forward remains as complicated as ever for May and for Britain.

While some countries think the European Union should offer Britain a generous period to negotiate a deal that will win the backing of Parliament, possibly after a second referendum, others oppose a postponement of any sort and want pressure to be put on the accept a deal as soon as possible.

The Prime Minister, who is spending the weekend at her official country retreat at Chequers is due to make a statement to MPs on Monday setting out how she intends to proceed with Brexit after the tumultuous events of last week.

But is not clear what policy, if any, can find majority support. Since then, there's been growing talk that Britain could crash out of the bloc without a deal or that it will end up extending its date of departure. And the country is still as divided over its relationship with Europe as they were during the referendum campaign. By deciding to embrace plebiscitary rather than representative democracy, not specifying the meaning of the outcome of a vote to leave, or insisting on a 60 per cent vote for its delivery, the United Kingdom government has divided Britain along lines that the existing system can not easily reconcile.

In a step that could overturn centuries of constitutional convention, some British lawmakers are trying to grab control of Brexit from the government in an attempt to prevent what they say would be an economically disastrous no-deal Brexit.

The drama in Parliament has galvanized the partisan British press.

Britain's senior counter-terrorism police officer is warning of the dangers of leaving the European Union without a withdrawal deal in place. "We've had two wasted years".

She outlined three key changes which are needed in her approach of securing the support of the Parliament for a deal - "First we will be more flexible, open and inclusive in the future in how we engage Parliament in our approach to negotiating our future partnership with the EU", May said while outlining the next two which deal with worker's rights and the backstop.

"We need teamwork", he added.

  • Leroy Wright