George Eustice quits over Brexit delay to be free to criticise Government

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Any more significant Conservative bust-ups have now been delayed for up to two weeks, as Mrs May prepares to bring her Withdrawal Agreement back to the Commons for a "meaningful vote" by March 12, although there have been hints the showdown could be as soon as next week.

But EU leaders and officials have suggested an extension to Article 50 is not guaranteed, and may only be granted if there is evidence the UK's position has changed in negotiations over the terms of the divorce.

"We don't need more time: what we need most of all is a decision", French President Emmanuel Macron said after meeting German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris.

In Madrid, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said: "Although Spain will not oppose granting a possible extension, this must have an assured perspective of resolution".

The government caved in on a vote it looked set to lose, agreeing to guarantee the rights of European Union citizens living in Britain whether or not the United Kingdom leaves the bloc without a Brexit deal.

Having said about 80 times over the last two years that the country will definitely leave the European Union on March 29, the prime minister has now opened up the option of extending the Article 50 process until at least the end of June, in what could yet become a major turning point in the Brexit debate.

Speaking to Eddie Nestor's Drivetime show on BBC Radio London, he said Jewish members were "distressed" that the MP did not comment on the motion being voted on.

If this is defeated, a motion asking MPs if they support a no-deal Brexit would be put before the Commons.

The EU is adamant that the legally binding withdrawal agreement can't be changed, though the bloc's negotiators are holding talks with U.K. Attorney General Geoffrey Cox about potential tweaks or additions to reassure pro-Brexit British lawmakers that the border "backstop" is only a temporary measure. The move was a concession to growing pressure from lawmakers to remove the risk Britain may leave without a deal — an outcome that could spark severe economic disruption.

"Given parliament looks set to extend Article 50, there'll be further opportunities to secure support for Labour's alternative Brexit deal", he said.

However, net migration to Britain from non-EU countries is at its highest since 2004.

An amendment from Scottish National Party MP Ian Blackford that the United Kingdom should not leave the European Union under any circumstances without a deal "regardless of any exit date". If rejected a second time, May delays Brexit and tries again.

Even the head of Momentum - the radical grassroots movement closely allied to Labour - recently admitted the party had a problem with anti-Semitism that needed to be tackled.

Business leaders are triggering contingency plans to cope with additional checks on the post-Brexit UK-EU border they fear will clog ports, silt up the arteries of trade and dislocate supply chains in Europe and beyond. "The Jewish community in Sheffield will feel very vulnerable right now and we need to be doing all we can to support them". "We would agree to an extension only if it is justified by a new choice by the British", he said.

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