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  • Theresa May warns senior Tories that Labour could block
    a no-deal Brexit and extend Article 50 if they vote against her
    deal this autumn.
  • Downing Street believes that Labour could use an
    ancient parliamentary mechanism to try and block a no-deal
    Brexit if her deal is voted down in parliament.
  • The unpopularity of May’s Brexit proposals means there
    is a good chance it could be voted down by her own MPs if she
    can secure a deal in Brussels.
  • Britain also issued Brussels with a veiled threat on
    Tuesday, warning that thousands of European investment funds
    will be under threat if it does not seek to arrange a
    comprehensive trade deal with the City of London after
    Brexit.

LONDON — Prime Minister Theresa May has warned senior
Conservatives that Labour could use an ancient parliamentary
mechanism to prevent Brexit from going ahead next March if MPs
vote against her deal with the EU later this year.

Ministers were instructed by Downing Street to outline the
possibility that Labour could arrange a vote to prevent a no-deal
Brexit taking place and forcing May to seek to extend the
negotiation period, according to a
Financial Times
report.

A minister told the paper: “We’ve been told by Number 10 that
Labour would try to use the ‘humble address’ as a means to stop
us leaving without a deal.”

Labour has resorted to a rarely-used ‘humble address’ twice in
recent months to force the government to produce documents
related to Brexit. Technically speaking, it is an instruction
from the House of Commons that the Queen, through her ministers,
perform a specific act.

Downing Street appears to believe that Labour could attempt to
use the process in order to extend Article 50, the two-year EU
exit process that ends in March next year.

The latest warning from Number 10 comes as the prospect of a
no-deal Brexit becomes materially more likely. Theresa May’s
Chequers plan — a blueprint for a soft departure from the EU —
was received badly by Leave-supporting MPs and prompted a string
of high-profile ministerial resignations.

Negotiators in Brussels also indicated that the proposals were
unworkable.

In an
interview with Business Insider last week
, the International
Trade Secretary Liam Fox warned May to rule out extending Brexit
negotiations, saying to do so would be a “betrayal” of Leave
voters.

“Tit-for-tat”: UK issues Brussels a Brexit threat

Britain also issued Brussels with a veiled threat on Tuesday,
warning that thousands of European investment funds will be under
threat if it does not seek to arrange a comprehensive trade deal
with the City of London after Brexit.

Officials have begun laying out the risks of the “hardline
approach” towards the City of London for the EU, which is being
encouraged by the French, according to a
Times
report.

British negotiators reportedly told their counterparts that rules
should be drawn up to allow British banks and financial firms to
sell products across Europe because EU firms would lose out
otherwise.

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