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May's 'absolute determination' to press on with Brexit vote

Boris Johnson is followed by media after leaving the Cabinet Office in Westminster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 19, 2019. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

By Gavin Cordon, Press Association Whitehall Editor

Theresa May has voiced her "absolute determination" that MPs should have another chance to vote on her Brexit deal, despite the bombshell intervention of the Commons Speaker.

John Bercow provoked uproar at Westminster on Monday when he ruled that the Government could not bring the Prime Minister's deal back for a third "meaningful vote" unless there were substantial changes.

However in the course of a 90-minute discussion at the weekly meeting of the Cabinet in Downing Street, Mrs May made clear she wanted MPs to have another vote "as soon as possible".

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "What you can see from the Prime Minister and her colleagues is an absolute determination to find a way in which Parliament could vote for the UK to leave the European Union with a deal.

"The Prime Minister has been very clear throughout that she wants that to happen as soon as possible."

The spokesman said that Mrs May would now be writing to European Council president Donald Tusk ahead of Thursday's EU summit in Brussels in relation to an extension of the Article 50 withdrawal process.

The Prime Minister has previously said that if the Commons voted down her deal in a second "meaningful vote" - as happened last week - there would have to be an extended delay, with the UK staging elections to the European Parliament in May.

However the spokesman said: "She has said in the House of Commons that she does not want there to be a long delay and that she believes asking the British public to take part in European elections three years after they voted to leave the EU would represent a failure by politicians."

Pic by Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

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