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Mr Corbyn labelled Theresa May's government as the "most shambolic and chaotic" in British history.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is pressing on with her deal to leave the European Union, her spokesman said on Monday, rejecting calls for a second referendum or to test support for different Brexit options in parliament.

Now that she has stated she will delay the vote on her deal until well into January, however, it seems the 69-year-old socialist may have been forced to make his move.

He said: "We will be using whatever mechanisms we have at our disposal next week to try and force the Government to bring forward that deal for a vote before Christmas".

Ms Rudd told reporters that she hoped the Prime Minister's deal would be supported in the vote expected in January.

Earlier, it emerged Jeremy Corbyn was prepared to table a motion of no-confidence in Mrs May personally if she didn't set a date.

The Prime Minister delayed a Commons vote on her deal this month while she sought further reassurances from the European Union which could make it more acceptable to hostile MPs.

The leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, would announce the timetable for the weeks after the Christmas recess, which begins on Thursday "in the usual way", May said.

I wouldn't have a huge problem with parliament as a whole having a say on the options, because it wasn't the government that was given an instruction by the referendum, it was parliament'.

Amber Rudd and Greg Clark have publicly joined calls for Parliament to be given the opportunity to express its view on a range of potential courses of action - such as a second referendum, a Norway-style relationship, or leaving without any deal.

In remarks released ahead of her speech in the House of Commons on Monday, May says that staging another referendum "would say to millions who trusted in democracy that our democracy does not deliver".

A spokesperson for the prime minister's office told Yahoo Finance UK that the £2bn was for Brexit preparation generally, rather than specifically for a no-deal Brexit.

"It is highly significant that Downing Street felt it had to issue these advance extracts of her statement to the House of Commons", former Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett, a member of the opposition Labour Party, said in a statement.

He told a press conference in Brussels: "The deal that is on the table is the best and the only deal possible - we will not reopen it, it will not be renegotiated".

At the same time, May's Chief of Staff Gavin Barwell has said that holding a second referendum was "the only way forward".

And the chief spokesperson for the European commission, which has been leading negotiations, confirmed on Monday that "no further meetings with the United Kingdom are foreseen".