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

Dominic Raab former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union leaves his home after it was announced that the Conservative Party will hold a vote of no confidence in the prime minister London

For him, the breaking point was allowing MPs to vote on whether to rule out a no-deal Brexit, he's one of many Brexiteers who are convinced the danger of a disruptive exit might add to the pressure on the European Union to make concessions.

The PM said she was focused on leaving the European Union with a deal on 29 March.

Mr Eustice, who was minister for agriculture, fisheries and food, wrote: "It is with tremendous sadness that I have chose to resign from the government following the decision this week to allow the postponement of our exit from the European Union".

May has bowed to pressure from within her Conservative government and given Parliament the chance to delay Britain's scheduled March 29 departure if lawmakers fail to approve her divorce agreement with the bloc.

Speaking after meeting Kurz in Vienna, chief EU Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said any delay "must serve not to put off the problem but to resolve the problem" in the British Parliament.

"Failure by the United Kingdom to hold European parliament elections in the event of an agreed extension of the negotiation deadline under article 50 raises deep concerns regarding the right of citizens to vote and stand, as well as ... possible legal consequences", Die Welt quoted the advice as saying.

A longer extension would raise the issue of Britons voting in the European election, he added.

"Today, above all we need decisions, much more than extra time", he said.

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"We will back a public vote in order to prevent a damaging Tory Brexit or a disastrous no deal outcome", Corbyn said, following the Commons defeat on Wednesday evening.

May had repeatedly ruled out delaying Brexit, even after her deal - covering citizens' rights, the financial settlement, a transition period and plans for the Irish border - was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs in January.

Meanwhile, Brexit minister Steve Barclay said the details of getting the withdrawal agreement to a form that would be likely to clear a Commons vote by March 12 were being discussed with the EU.

Mrs May has now promised that if her latest deal is voted down, lawmakers will get a chance to vote on whether to leave with no deal or to ask the E U to delay the deadline.

The former Cabinet minister expressed his support for Mr Eustice over his decision to quit the Government over Brexit. The government backed the amendment. The last vote, on 14 March, could result in a proposal for a "limited" postponement of the British withdrawal, an idea May had opposed thus far.

Lawmakers rejected a bid Wednesday by the main opposition Labour Party to force the government to embrace its alternative Brexit plan, which calls for retaining close ties with the EU. We already know that in the event of "no deal" the European Union will seek an informal transition period for nine months in many areas and settlement talks could continue within this window.

The Labour Party's motion for the United Kingdom to remain part of an EU customs union was defeated by 323 votes to 240 during the session on Wednesday, leading to party leader confirming previously announced plans to push for a public vote on the government's Brexit proposals.

Elsewhere, MPs voted by 324 votes to 288 to reject a Scottish National Party motion to avoid "no deal".