In a speech in Downing Street yesterday evening after a mammoth Cabinet meeting, the Prime Minister said she that she now plans to ask the European Union for a further extension to delay Brexit for a second time. Leaders of the bloc, exasperated by the chaos in London, say they will only grant a delay to Brexit if Britain comes up with a workable new plan.
May's bid for cross-party talks - after nearly three years of seeking to push through her own version of Brexit - came amid European Union warnings that a damaging no-deal Brexit is growing more likely by the day.
"The proposition for any Brexit price to be put to public vote at a" confirmatory referendum" was backed by opposition parties, and a few of May's Conservatives.
"If passed. this bill would place a severe constraint on the government's ability to negotiate an extension", May's spokesman said.
The bill, which would require May to bring a motion to delay the date of Brexit, now needs to be approved by the upper house, the House of Lords.
May has launched discussions with the largest opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in a bid to break the impasse.
The leaders of the EU's 27 remaining countries have given the United Kingdom until April 12 to leave the bloc or to come up with a new plan, after British lawmakers thrice rejected an agreement struck between the bloc and May late a year ago. Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, wrote to all Labour MPs saying that any pact with May should include a public vote.
Any new proposal would have to accept the Withdrawal Agreement and focus on amendments to the Political Declaration on the future EU/UK relationship, she said.
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She offered to hold talks with opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in an attempt to find a compromise solution.
May didn't indicate how long an extension she would seek in the EU, although she said she hoped Britain and the agreement could pass at time, by May 22 to prevent engaging in elections to the European Parliament.
May and Corbyn met for two hours Wednesday, with both sides calling the talks "constructive".
In a rushed parliamentary bid to avoid Britain leaving the European Union without a divorce deal next Friday, MPs voted by the narrowest of margins late Wednesday in favour of draft legislation that would force the government to seek to delay Brexit beyond April 12.
May has said that if she can not agree a unified approach with Corbyn, then the government would come up with a number of options on the future relationship with the European Union and put them to parliament in a series of votes. Many Brexit-backing Conservatives were livid at Mrs May over her overture to Mr Corbyn.
Two junior ministers resigned from the government, and some Conservative party members posted images on social media of torn-up party membership cards.
Earlier on Wednesday, the House Speaker John Bercow used his casting vote to prevent further "indicative votes" being presented by non-ministerial parliamentarians.
That the vote came so close on something which the Prime Minister had already suggested she would do-and which falls short of introducing the necessary infrastructure to firmly rule out no deal-speaks more to Parliament's continuing divisions than anything else.
They warned: "A second referendum would be exploited by the far right, damage the trust of many core Labour voters and reduce our chances of winning a general election", they warned.