The government has already announced it would abolish the use of handing out of new contracts to private companies to run government projects after reviews revealed little evidence of financial benefits.
While it was not immediately clear what Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron, Europe's two most powerful leaders, agreed with Theresa May, an advance draft of conclusions for Wednesday's emergency EU summit said Britain would be granted another delay on certain conditions.
In any divorce, lawyers are the only surefire winners, and as Britain muddles through one of the biggest, messiest and most complicated breakups in economic history, the country’s top law firms are booming.
The speaker told the government that Parliament could not vote a third time on its plan for Brexit, as the departure from the European Union is known, unless the plan substantially differed from the one rejected last week.
The defeat also threatens May’s hold on her office. Under party rules, she cannot be challenged for the leadership by Tory lawmakers until December. But there is always the risk of a Cabinet coup if she mishandles the next steps.
The European Union said on Tuesday that Britain could be heading for a potentially disorderly exit in just 10 days time as Prime Minister Theresa May met with ministers to thrash out ways to break the Brexit deadlock.