MPs’ holidays could be cancelled AGAIN over Brexit delay fears

MPs’ holidays could be cancelled AGAIN over Brexit amid fears that the UK’s EU departure may be delayedThe Environment Secretary said MPs had been warned the Easter break could goIt comes after MPs were forced to sit through half-term recess in FebruaryThe break runs from April 4 to 23, but we may not have left the EU by then By

David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published:
12:22 EST, 6 March 2019

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Updated:
12:36 EST, 6 March 2019

MPs have been warned their Easter break may be cancelled amid concern the UK’s exit from the European Union may be delayed, Michael Gove has revealed.The Environment Secretary said the Chief Whip Julian Smith had told Tory colleagues the planned recess may be scrapped.Mr Gove made the revelation as he was asked whether the Fisheries Bill would return to the Commons before the break, which is due to be held from April 4 to 23.He said: ‘The Chief Whip has reminded Conservative MPs that there may not be an Easter recess.’ Environment SecretaryMichael GoveTime is running out for the Commons to approve all necessary legislation ahead of Brexit on March 29, and several ministers have mooted that a delay may be needed in order to pass the key bills.Theresa May’s official spokesman said Parliamentary business would be announced in the normal way.Te revelation comes It comes after the February break was cancelled in order to allow the Commons to make progress on Brexit.Plans to force MPs to work on the Brexit crisis during their half-term recess descended into farce – after they moaned about having to cancel their ski trips.Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom announced at the end of January that Parliament would effectively cancel the 10-day break to help push through Brexit-related legislation.It came after Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt warned Britain may need to delay its departure from the EU to get all the relevant laws passed in time.But the move sparked an extraordinary outcry from MPs, who often use the break to hit the slopes or soak up some winter sun.Theresa May (pictured today at PMQs) begged MPs to support her Brexit deal today as she seized on Ash Wednesday to joke MPs could ‘give up being a member of the EU for lent’ EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Michel Barnier greeted each other in Brussels today amid continued stalemate with just 23 days until Brexit Mr Gove’s comments came as Brexiteers warned Theresa May they remain ready to crush her Brexit deal for a second time next week as the Attorney General returned from Brussels empty handed.Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the hardline Tory European Research Group, said Mrs May should ignore any Commons vote to block no deal. His deputy Steve Baker warned even if AG Geoffrey Cox can resolve the backstop it is only the ‘worst problem in this terrible Brexit deal’.In a signal Mrs May’s DUP allies are not softening their position, Sammy Wilson insisted today the EU would be to blame for a no deal in 23 days times. Commons’ leader Andrea Leadsom (left) is in charge of the order of business in the Commons and announced the previous break at half term would not take placeMrs May pleaded with MPs to back her deal at PMQs today ahead of a showdown vote on her deal on Tuesday. If MPs refuse to back it, they will vote on no deal on Wednesday and to delay Brexit on Thursday.Mr Cox returned from Brussels this morning admitting last night’s talks with the EU’s negotiator Michel Barnier had been ‘robust’ – code for a furious row.Downing Street admitted talks on re-writing the border backstop had been ‘difficult’. The EU said today there was currently ‘no solution’ to the impasse, which has left the deal deadlocked since it was first defeated by MPs by 230 votes on January 15. The Government must be able to show Parliament a new version of the deal by Monday morning to hold a vote on Tuesday evening – meaning Sunday night or the early hour of Monday are a hard deadline for securing concessions.  
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