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Labour criticises May as she delays Brexit vote

Published:Monday | December 10, 2018 | 12:00 PM
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BRUSSELS (AP) British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has challenged Prime Minister Theresa May’s decision to delay a vote on Brexit in the House of Commons, arguing that her government is in “complete disarray.”

Labour lawmakers shouted “Resign! Resign!′ as May wrapped up her remarks Monday, adding further insult to the humiliation of failing to deliver on her signature piece of legislation, the Brexit divorce deal from the European Union.

Corbyn described the situation as unprecedented and serious. He says “the government has lost control of events and is in complete disarray.”

Even members of May’s own party were quick to further criticise the way she’s handled the negotiations.

Conservative Party lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg sharply rejected May’s “undeliverable deal,” saying it risked paving the way for a Labour Party government led by Corbyn.

May told lawmakers that government was stepping up its preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

May told lawmakers that while her Brexit deal with the European Union was still “the best deal that is negotiable,” and insisted that any deal would require compromise.

But nonetheless, she says the government must be prepared for the potential that the country would exit without a deal.

May says “for as long as we fail to agree a deal, the risk of an accidental ‘no deal’ increases.”

May’s comments came after she postponed a vote scheduled for Tuesday on the EU divorce deal, acknowledging she would have lost by a “significant margin.”

The pound has fallen further after British Prime Minister Theresa May cancelled a vote on her Brexit deal and struck a defiant tone in an address to parliament.

The British currency, which is the main gauge of international investors’ confidence in the country’s economy, fell to a 20-month low of $1.2515, down a sharp 1.7 percent on the day.

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