WITH MPs due to vote on motions which could change the course of the Brexit negotiations this evening, the Welsh Government has backed calls to rule out leaving the European Union without a deal.

Motions being put before MPs today include proposals to rule out a no-deal Brexit by extending the process if no deal is reached by February 26, and another to replace the controversial Northern Ireland backstop with "alternative arrangements".

And Theresa May has said she will return to Brussels in an attempt to renegotiate the deal, which was defeated in Parliament earlier this month.

Meanwhile, the Welsh Government will present motions relating to Brexit in the Assembly tomorrow, Wednesday, based on the outcome of this evening's votes.

Speaking at a press conference this morning, Wales' Brexit minister Jeremy Miles said, if a deal could not be agreed by Parliament, "the only option" would be a second referendum. This is the strongest statement yet in favour of a so-called 'people's vote' on behalf of the Welsh Government - which has previously not endorsed the campaign for a second vote.


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"The prime minister needs to look reality in the face and she needs to accept she’s taking us down a road which is jeopardising our prosperity, our jobs, our economy, and our international standing," he said.

"She has failed to get her deal through Parliament, she has failed to come through with any new proposals and she has failed to drop the crippling red lines.

"Despite warnings from all sides, including threats to resign from members of her own cabinet, she has kept no deal as an option on the table."

He added: "The prime minister must do a few things whatever the outcome of tonight's vote.

"Firstly, she must take no deal off the table.

South Wales Argus:

The Welsh Government's Brexit minister Jeremy Miles

"She must seek an extension to Article 50, and the UK Government and Parliament need to listen to what the EU is saying about the shape of the future relationship and the political declaration being open to renegotiation if the red lines are removed.

"The Welsh Government continues to believe Wales' interests are best served by full and unfettered access to the single market and a customs union."

The prime minister has said she will be returning to Brussels to renegotiate the Brexit deal, and hoped to present a revised agreement “as soon as we possible can”. But the EU has repeatedly said the deal will not be amended.

Speaking in Parliament earlier this afternoon, Theresa May urged MPs to "send an emphatic message" about the Brexit deal they wanted.

Saying she accepted her plan had been defeated, Mrs May said: "The vote was decisive and I listened, so the world knows what this House does not want.

South Wales Argus:

Theresa May speaking about the Government's Brexit deal, in the House of Commons today. Picture: PA Wire

"Today we need to send an emphatic message about what we do want.

"I believe that must include honouring the votes of our fellow citizens and completing the democratic process that began when this House voted overwhelmingly to hold the referendum, then voted to trigger Article 50, and which saw the vast majority of us elected on manifestos pledging to see Brexit through."

She added: "Today we have the chance to show the EU what it will take to get a deal through this House of Commons, what it will take to move beyond the confusion and division and uncertainty that now hangs over us, and onto the bright, new, close, open relationship we want to build and can build with our European friends in the years ahead."

MPs are due to vote around 7pm.

The UK is currently expected to leave - with or without a deal - on March 29.