Theresa May admits country is 'in crisis' with 10 days to avert no-deal Brexit

Theresa May admits country is 'in crisis' with 10 days to avert no-deal Brexit
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Theresa May has admitted the country is in crisis as she prepares to write to the EU explaining her next steps with Britain heading towards a no-deal Brexit in ten days, APAreports citing The Independence.

The prime minister's spokesman argued that a crisis had now "come to pass", as Ms May warned it would after the House of Commons rejected her Brexit deal last week.

She will now write to European Council president Donald Tusk setting out her next steps, a letter likely to involve some kind of request for a delay to Brexit.

The move follows a cabinet meeting on Tuesday morning at which tensions peaked with a clash between Brexiteers and remain ministers.

Pressure on the prime minister's administration has reached new heights after commons speaker John Bercow blocked the government from holding a vote on Ms May's deal before the European Council starting Thursday.

The PM's spokesman said: "If you look back to the speech she gave just before the [second vote on her deal], she said if MPs did not support [it] we would be in a crisis.

"I think events yesterday tell you that that situation has come to pass.

The spokesman said Ms May would be writing to Mr Tusk with regard to an extension of Article 50 ahead of the summit in Brussels on Thursday.

The PM’s spokesman said there was “an absolute determination” in cabinet to find a way for parliament to vote to leave the EU with a deal.

He added: “They had a full discussion which covered both the implications of the speaker’s comments yesterday and the upcoming European Council.”

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