“You want this stage of the Brexit process to be over and done with. I agree. I am on your side.”
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow derailed the government’s plans on Monday when he used an ancient parliamentary rule to stop it bringing its motion back to the chamber unchanged, after it was rejected by 230 votes in January, and 149 last week.
Earlier in the day Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called for Mrs May to form a cross-party consensus. He was invited invited to a meeting on Wednesday at Downing Street but left when he discovered former Labour MP Chuka Umunna of the breakaway Independent Group was also present.
Mr Corbyn said: “The Prime Minister has shown tonight she is in complete denial about the scale of the crisis we are facing and unable to offer the leadership the country needs.
“To continue to bring back her damaging and twice rejected deal without significant changes, while threatening a no deal outcome ruled out by MPs, is unacceptable and reckless.
“I made clear to the Prime Minister tonight that we must move immediately to agree a compromise alternative that supports jobs and living standards, can win the support of parliament, be negotiated with the EU and bring the country together.”
In a face-to-face meeting this evening, Ian Blackford MP told Theresa May to change course, or resign – warning the Tory leader was taking the UK down the path to disaster.
The SNP Westminster Leader told the Prime Minister to face up to the fact that her bad deal had been rejected, and put the decision back to the people in a second EU referendum, with Remain on the ballot paper – as the most democratic way forward from the Brexit crisis.
In a frank exchange, Mr Blackford told her that the people of Scotland should not be dragged out of the EU against their will and that if necessary the SNP would take steps to secure a vote on revoking Article 50.
Ahead of meeting with the Prime Minister Ian Blackford (SNP), Vince Cable (Lib Dem) , Liz Saville Roberts (Plaid Cymru) and Caroline Lucas (Green) released a statement which said: “We agree that the House of Commons must formulate a plan that will give the EU Council the confidence to agree a longer extension beyond 30th June, so that by the end of next week legislation can be in place to prevent a No Deal exit.
“We will be pushing for the House of Commons to support a referendum on remaining in the EU, others will put forward their own positions.
“If the Commons cannot agree, as a last resort we would be prepared to take steps to secure a parliamentary vote on the revocation of Article 50.
“The Prime Minister must not be allowed to bully MPs into a choice between her bad deal and no deal. That would make Brexit a choice between disaster and catastrophe, and that would be a failure of truly historic proportions.
“The UK – and all of its people and nations – deserve better.”