THERESA May has shelved plans to introduce key Brexit legislation to implement the Withdrawal Agreement in the first week of June following the major backlash from MPs, prompting Labour to say Britain is in a state of “Brexit paralysis”.

Mark Spencer, a Government whip deputising at the Commons dispatch box following the resignation of Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom, announced the forthcoming business and told MPs: "We will update the House on the publication and introduction of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill[WAB] on our return from the Whitsun recess."

The Prime Minister’s spokesman explained that Mrs May was “listening to her colleagues’ concerns about the bill and she will be having further discussions today”. He confirmed there would be meetings with Cabinet ministers later in relation to the WAB but said he did not have details.

Asked when it would be published, the spokesman said he could not give a specific date. Asked if it would be rewritten, he repeated that the PM would be having meetings with ministers.

It is expected that the Government will make a business statement on Tuesday, June 4 when MPs return from their Whitsun recess.

That week includes the three-day state visit of US President Trump, from Monday to Wednesday, and a D-Day commemoration in Normandy on the Thursday, which the PM is scheduled to attend.

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Mr Spencer told MPs: “We do intend to publish the WAB the week commencing the 3rd of June," explaining that the Government had hoped to hold the second reading on Friday, June 7 but "at the moment, we've not secured an agreement to this in the usual channels".

This throws up the possibility that the debate and vote on WAB might not, as the PM had announced, take place in the first week back following the Whitsun recess.

It had been pencilled in for Friday June 7 but without the agreement of the Opposition, then it might have to be pushed back.

Mr Spencer sought to reassure MPs that "of course, we'll update the House when we return from recess" and also outlined what business would be discussed in the Commons that week, which includes just one piece of primary legislation.

The remaining stages of Wild Animals in Circuses Bill will take place on the Tuesday with the rest of the week filled up with backbench matters, including debates on mineworkers pensions scheme, invisible disabilities, the Grenfell Tower fire and "mortgage prisoners and vulture funds".

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On Wednesday, four Cabinet ministers sought private meetings with her but all were refused. They included Jeremy Hunt, Sajid Javid and Penny Mordaunt.

The fourth was David Mundell, who was said to be angry about the reworked WAB including a commitment to give a vote on whether or not there should be a second EU referendum. He believes that this undermines the Scottish Conservatives’ argument against a second Scottish independence poll; raising the question that if the Government is facilitating one, why not the other.

Voting in his local borders constituency, Mr Mundell made his view on the PM’s pledge on a second EU vote clear, tweeting: “With @olivermundell to vote @ScotTories at Moffat Town Hall Make sure you use your vote today to support @RuthDavidsonMSP in saying No to any more referendums #euelections2019.”

It was suggested Mrs May declined to meet her four Cabinet colleagues because she had her weekly audience with the Queen. She was photographed in the back of her limousine apparently in tears.

It is also believed that the PM will meet Mr Hunt today to discuss his concerns about the bill but it is not clear if she will have discussions with the other three ministers seeking to meet her.

Tomorrow, Mrs May is due to meet Sir Graham Brady, the Chairman of the 1922 Committee, to discuss her future in what is thought will be an ultimatum.

It is said that if she does not agree to stand down as the party leader by June 10, then Sir Graham will produce an envelope with the results of a secret ballot of the 18 members of the committee’s executive on whether party rules should be changed to enable another parliamentary party vote to remove her from office swiftly. The last vote was nine to seven against a rule change but it is thought this time round there is a majority for it. Any vote is likely to take place next week or on the Tuesday when MPs return to Westminster.

Asked if the PM believed she had the full confidence of her Cabinet, Mrs May’s spokesman said: “The PM and the Cabinet are focused on delivering Brexit.”

Asked, in light of the many reports, if she intended to resign by tomorrow, he replied: “Come on. Next.”

Given the photograph of her looking teary-eyed, the spokesman was asked about her mood and said: “The PM, as she had been throughout, is focused on delivering for the British people.”

During Commons exchanges, Labour’s Valerie Vaz said the country was in a "Brexit paralysis" and asked why the bill had been pulled.

"Yesterday, the Prime Minister told the House that the Second Reading of the WAB would be in the week commencing June 3, now we hear it's not. So, in less than 24 hours the Prime Minister has broken her word; this is yet another broken promise by the Prime Minister on Brexit," declared the Shadow Commons Leader.

Accusing Mrs May of putting her "own political survival ahead of the national interest", Ms Vaz asked Mr Spencer: "Doesn't he agree with me that the Prime Minister has become part of the problem? Even her own Cabinet ministers know she must go."

Pete Wishart for the SNP told MPs: "We've a Prime Minister hanging on by her fingertips, barricaded into No 10 and a Government collapsing around her ears, as we speak."

The Perth MP added: "We were promised the WAB for the Tuesday and Wednesday we return. Unless it's been renamed the Wild Animals in Circuses Bill - which is quite likely - I'm afraid I'm not seeing it anywhere on this order paper."

Mr Spencer replied: "We are hoping to publish the WAB in the week commencing June 3 and during discussions with the usual channels we'll see when that comes forward.

"At the moment, we've not secured agreement through those usual channels and we'll update the House when we return after recess," he added.

The "usual channels" describes the behind-the-scenes talks between the whips' offices and leaderships from the Government and different parties.