Britain's Hunt says he would choose no deal over no Brexit

Britain's Hunt says he would choose no deal over no Brexit

Britain's exit from the European Union has been delayed until as late as October 31 after parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's deal with Brussels three times.

Mr Hunt was speaking as pressure mounted on Mrs May to name a date to quit as Prime Minister, after an influential committee of backbenchers demanded "clarity" over what she will do if her European Union withdrawal deal fails.

Critics of her handling of Brexit had called for the grace period to be reduced to six months, allowing a second confidence vote in June.

Last month, she pledged to stand down if and when Parliament ratified her Brexit withdrawal agreement.

British Prime Minister Theresa May survived the latest bid on Wednesday night to see her ousted from 10 Downing Street.

She told the Daily Express: 'In early May I shall do what I have always done since I first got the vote fifty years ago, and put my cross by the Conservative candidate in the local elections - but a couple of weeks later on May 23 I shall do what I have never done and cast my vote for a different party.

But Sir Graham made clear he remained ready to convey MPs' concerns about her leadership to Mrs May.

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Influential Tory MPs have decided against a party rule change that could have forced Theresa May out as Prime Minister.

Brady said the decision by the committee on Wednesday was the result of "two lengthy meetings and a good, full and constructive debate, in a friendly and collegiate way".

A war hero, a former communist, a food millionaire and a NHS worker were today unveiled by Nigel Farage as candidates for his Brexit Party in the European elections.

Widdecombe retired from politics in 2010 after over 20 years serving as an MP for Maidstone - a seat now held by Conservative MP Helen Grant.

Mr Farage said recently his new Brexit Party would be using the Labour's peer's own words against him on the stump after Lord Adonis said 'If you're a Brexiteer, I hope you won't vote for the Labour Party'.

"This is about how the world views us. So I absolutely do not favour a no deal exit", he said.

Meanwhile, cross-party talks between the Government and Labour aimed at forging a common way forward continued, with Chancellor Philip Hammond meeting his Labour counterpart John McDonnell.