MPs could vote on Brexit deal before it is formally signed off...

MPs could vote on Brexit deal before it is formally signed off by EU27

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Theresa May has suggested she could try to take her EU Withdrawal Agreement through Parliament before it has been formally approved by the other 27 member states.

Amid growing pressure to delay Brexit with just 32 days left on the clock, the Prime Minister insisted it is “within our grasp” for Britain to leave the EU with a deal on March 29.

European Council president Donald Tusk revealed that he had discussed the legal and procedural process for extending the two-year Article 50 withdrawal negotiations with Mrs May when he met her on Sunday in Egypt.

Despite also facing pressure from pro-Europe Tories for a delay, the Prime Minister insisted in a press conference at the end of a summit of EU and Arab nations that she was sticking to her timetable.

“It’s within our grasp to leave with a deal on March 29 and that’s where all of my energies are going to be focused,” she said.

Challenged over whether MPs would be able to vote on any additional assurances she secures from Brussels before they have been formally signed off by the EU27, Mrs May told reporters: “It is possible to do it either way.”

Theresa May has insisted that it is “within our grasp” for Britain to leave the EU with a deal on March 29, as she resisted pressure for an extension to the two-year negotiation process.

European Council president Donald Tusk revealed that he had discussed the legal and procedural process for extending withdrawal talks under Article 50 with the British Prime Minister when he met her on Sunday in Egypt.

Mr Tusk said that he believes delaying the UK’s withdrawal beyond March 29 is now a “rational solution”, warning that the only alternative, if MPs cannot agree a deal, is “a chaotic Brexit”.

Despite facing pressure from pro-Europe Tories for delay, the Prime Minister said: “It’s within our grasp to leave with a deal on March 29 and that’s where all of my energies are going to be focused.”

Speaking at a press conference at the end of the EU/League of Arab States summit in Sharm el Sheikh, she dismissed calls for delay.

“An extension to Article 50, a delay in this process, doesn’t deliver a decision in Parliament, it doesn’t deliver a deal,” she said.

“All it does is precisely what the word ‘delay’ says.

“Any extension of Article 50 isn’t addressing the issues.

“We have it within our grasp.

“I’ve had a real sense from the meetings I’ve had here and the conversations I’ve had in recent days that we can achieve that deal.”

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