United Kingdom ministers meet to step up no-deal Brexit plans

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Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain's Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of January 14 - more than a month after it was originally scheduled and just 10 weeks before Britain leaves the EU.

May has said that her delayed vote would be taking place in mid of January, which led some of the lawmakers to accuse May of deep trying to force the parliament to back her as March 29 is the exit day for the approaches.

On Monday sources revealed that Jeremy Corbyn was prepared to call a no confidence vote in Mrs May if she did not confirm when the vote was due to take place.

Labour hopes it will show Mrs May has lost the confidence of the Commons and potentially remove her as leader, but it is not expected to automatically trigger a general election.

They should be thinking about the national interest, not party interest, she added.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Mr Drakeford said: "A no-deal Brexit would be a catastrophic failure on behalf of the UK Government".

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Corbyn said: said: "It's bad - unacceptable - that we should be waiting nearly a month before we have a meaningful vote on the crucial issue facing the future of this country", a choice of words which condemns the government, but does not begin the process of tabling a vote of no confidence in the government.

Blair, who was Labour prime minister between 1997 and 2007, on Sunday accused the Conservative leader of being "irresponsible".

There is a "plausible argument" for a second referendum on Brexit if MPs remain unable to agree on how to proceed, a Cabinet minister has said.

In a warning to campaigners calling for a second referendum, she said it would "break faith with the British people" and do "irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics".

The SNP's Ian Blackford, who signed the amendment, said: "It is clear the Prime Minister's tactic has been to run down the clock and deprive Parliament of any alternative to her deal".

May is pressing on with her deal to leave the European Union, rejecting calls for a second referendum or to test support for different Brexit options in parliament, despite hardening opposition to the agreement to maintain close ties. "Another vote which would likely leave us no further forward than the last", she will say.

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May's spokesperson said, "Cabinet agreed ... we have now reached the point where we need to ramp up these preparations".

"But there is an alternative: a people's vote on Brexit would give us the option to keep the best deal we have as part of the European Union".

The Prime Minister also became embroiled in a highly personalised war of words with one of her predecessors, Tony Blair, over his calls for a fresh Brexit vote. May's authority has also been shaken after a no-confidence vote from her own party that saw more than a third of Conservative lawmakers vote against her.

May has said she is engaged in talks with the EU to seek "assurances" about the Brexit deal, but European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas on Monday said "no further meetings with the United Kingdom are foreseen".

As the motion is aimed at the Prime Minister, this move is not the same as a proper motion of no confidence in the government and, unlike a proper motion of no confidence, the government does not have to allow time for it to be debated.

But she added: "After that we need to find out where the will of Parliament is, where the majority of MPs will vote in Parliament and nothing should be off the table, we should consider all options".

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