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Labour's finance minister-in-waiting, John McDonnell, said May could eventually get a deal through parliament if she negotiated a compromise with his party.

France has put in motion a contingency plan to deal with an eventual "hard Brexit", Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on January 17, including 50 million euros ($57 million) of investments to help ports and airports cope. She says she can't.

"The poll also underlines why the leadership of my party needs to listen to Labour's own supporters, more than three-quarters of whom are demanding a People's Vote", said Mr Umunna. But some did anyway.

In a speech in Hastings, a marginal constituency currently held by Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Mr Corbyn said that after Tuesday's vote it was "clear that her European Union deal is now finished".

It came after Tory Brexiteer rebels and the DUP rallied behind her to see off a no-confidence vote from Corbyn by 325 votes to 306, a majority of 19.

May's offer of one-to-one talks was extended to SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable, and Plaid Cymru's Westminster leader Liz Saville Roberts. "I will be fighting them, make no doubt about that", he said. "No longer can it be said that opinion has not moved significantly since the referendum".

He warned that Labour meant to hold another confidence vote "if necessary" as part of his bid for a general election that he says would resolve the impasse.

Though he acknowledged that the Government was "not in control" of events on Monday, Mr Hammond stressed: "It is not within their power to mandate any future course of action, that would be for a Government to do".

The Times newspaper said both remaining in a full customs union with the EU and delaying Brexit through an extension of Article 50 would be discussed at meetings between the government and lawmakers.

If May fails to forge a consensus, the world's fifth-largest economy will drop out of the European Union on March 29 without a deal or will be forced to delay Brexit, possibly holding a national election or even another referendum.

The business leaders sought assurances from Mr Hammond, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay and Business Secretary Greg Clark, who were also on the call, that a no-deal could be ruled out.

The prime minister could also try to deliver a "softer" Brexit that would keep the United Kingdom closer to the European Union - for instance, by staying in the EU customs union.

"We're prepared for all scenarios - we are continuing to plan for a disorderly Brexit scenario and we will step up this planning - it's about preventing any negative impact for citizens and our companies to the extent possible".


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