MPs face a “stark” choice between a short delay to Brexit – if they back Theresa May’s deal – or a much longer one if they reject it, a minister said.

David Lidington – Mrs May’s second-in-command – was speaking ahead of a vote later on delaying the UK’s departure from the EU on 29 March.

The PM will make a third attempt to get MPs to back her deal in the next week.

If it fails again, Mr Lidington said MPs would get two weeks to decide what they wanted to do instead.

Labour’s Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said: “The idea of bringing back the deal for a third time, without even the pretence that anything has changed, other than, of course, using up more time,

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