The UK Labour Party will seek to force British Prime Minister Theresa May into a second House of Commons showdown on her Brexit deal by the end of the month.

Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said Labour will use a Commons amendment to require the Prime Minister to hold another "meaningful vote" on her deal by 26 February.

The move is in response to fears that Mrs May is engaged in a "cynical" attempt to run down the clock before the 29 March Brexit date in order to leave MPs with a stark choice of accepting her deal or crashing out of the European Union without any agreement.

If no deal on the changes to the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement has been reached with Brussels by Wednesday, as seems overwhelmingly likely, Mrs May will address MPs on progress made, say more time is needed for negotiations, and table a "neutral motion" for debate the following day.

The new deadline is expected to be one of a range of amendments tabled for votes on Thursday.

In an interview with the Sunday Times Mr Starmer described Mrs May's approach as "reckless" and "blinkered" and blamed her "tunnel vision" for the devastating defeat suffered last month when MPs threw out her Brexit deal by a record 230 votes.

Meanwhile, speaking today on the Andrew Marr Show on the BBC, the Communities Secretary James Brokenshire confirmed that Mrs May plans to give MPs another chance to vote on Brexit by the end of the month.

He said: "The Government will commit that if the meaningful vote, in other words the deal coming back, has not happened by 27 February then we would allow a further motion - votable in Parliament - to take place to give that sense of assurance as to the process moving forward as well in parallel."

Challenged on whether there would be a vote on the deal this month, rather than on another series of amendments, he said: "If the meaningful vote has not happened, so in other words things have not concluded, then Parliament would have that further opportunity by no later than 27 February.


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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Labour's plan "could win the support of parliament and bring the country together" but Mrs May has so far "chosen the path of division".

Mr Corbyn said that without an election "we will keep all options on the table - as agreed in our conference motion - including the option of a public vote".

In his letter to Mrs May, the Labour leader set out five demands, including a permanent customs union and close alignment with the single market.

The move led to a backlash from pro-EU Labour MPs, but Mr Starmer defended the approach and warned against a split in the party.

"When you go through something like Brexit, it is very important that you keep the opposition strong and united," he said.