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MPs held a three-hour emergency debate today on Prime Minister Theresa May's decision to delay a planned vote on her Brexit deal.

Speaker John Bercow announced the debate after a request by the opposition Labour Party.

The debate comes a day after May's sudden decision to postpone the vote. May is expected to meet with EU leaders: German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and EU Council president Donald Tusk.

EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said he will be meeting with May later today in Brussels but said he remains convinced that the current Brexit deal is the best and only deal possible. Adding on his Twitter: "There is no room for renegotiation, but further clarifications are possible."

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn kickstarted his speech saying he strongly disagreed with May and that the "deal is dead." He accused May of running away from her proposed deal how its been a waste of taxpayers' money.

He went on to say he's never seen such an “abject mess” than May's deal that was presented to the House.

"Most Prime Ministers lose votes and we get things wrong. But yesterday, the Prime Minister demeaned her office by unilaterally taking her discredited deal off the table and running away rather than facing the verdict of this House which we should have been voting on today," Corbyn said.

"So I say to the limited government backbenchers opposite – let Parliament have a say in this shabby deal. Let Parliament take back control of it because this Government has lost the ability to lead, the ability to negotiate and the ability to speak to this House in these negotiations," he adds.

Tusk said he had a long and frank discussion with May before the Brexit Summit and said the EU 27 leaders want to help, but "the question is how," he tweeted.