>> Britain just moved a step closer to the possibility of a second referendum on leaving the EU. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn has formally proposed a parliamentary vote on the idea which could reverse the whole process. Though many law makers warn there's no way the idea could get enough of them behind it to pass.
Since Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal was shut down last week, the biggest defeat in modern British history, Westminster has been in turmoil with little time left until the UK is due to leave the EU on March 29th. There's no agreement in London on how and even whether it should.
Lawmakers are now rushing to put forward amendments or alternative plans and tweaks to the House of Commons, trying to prevent a dramatic no-deal Brexit, with no provisions to soften the expected economic shock. Labour's proposal would give parliament time to vote on different options to avert crashing out without a deal, including the public vote and a custom's union, while May seeks further concessions from the European Union to try to prevent customs checks on the Irish border.
On Monday, May shot down the idea of a second referendum, which many Brexit opponents are clambering for but critics warn would only deepen divisions.>> Our duty is to implement the decision of the first one. I fear a second referendum would set a difficult precedent that could have significant implications for how we handle referendums in this country.
Not least strengthening the hand of those campaigning to break up our United Kingdom.>> May has vowed to be more flexible in trying to agree changes to the Northern Irish backstop, an insurance policy to ensure there will be no return to border checks between the British province and Ireland.