Crunch Brexit Vote Could Be Delayed Until January 21, Theresa May Suggests

British PM Theresa May faces a fight for her political life this week in a parliamentary vote
British PM Theresa May faces a fight for her political life this week in a parliamentary vote

13 December, 2018

Recalling the prime minister's general election slogan, the rebel MP added: "The terms of the WA [withdrawal agreement] were so bad that they didn't dare put it to parliament for a vote. I think what is important, as she said at a number of occasions, is getting the reassurances that the House needs so we will be led by that process", May's spokesperson told reporters. "It does not give the British people or our businesses the clarity and the certainty they need about our future trading relationship with the European Union in five or ten years' time".

Germany's Heiko Maas echoed that: "I hope that good decisions will be taken this week in London, employing the utmost reason".

May would remain prime minister in the meantime, but without much authority as the clock ticks down to March 29, the day Britain officially is due to leave the EU.

British Prime Minister Theresa May is deferring a parliamentary vote set for Tuesday on her Brexit deal after repeated warnings from lawmakers that the scale of the expected defeat could sink her government.

However, that will not be legally binding and Tusk went on to warn: "We will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop".

Monday's decision upheld a finding by the ECJ advocate general, Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona, who said last week that article 50 of the Lisbon treaty allows the "unilateral revocation of the notification of the intention to withdraw from the European Union, until such time as the withdrawal agreement is formally concluded". It slid 15-20 percent against other major currencies - an immediate cut to the wealth of the British that stoked inflation by raising the price of imports.

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An unscheduled statement from new Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay was also to be rushed into the House of Commons, entitled "EU Exit - Article 50" - but the substance of his statement was not immediately clear.

The embattled PM, who faces a potential rebellion within her own Tory party, said that some MPs were trying to frustrate her Brexit plan. It could be faced with a vote of no confidence in its own party to replace it and resume negotiations or, on the contrary, to bring a Brexit to an end without agreement.

He said he would not object to the issuing of statements clarifying the meaning of the agreement, but cautioned that no clarification could go against what had already been agreed.

This provides encouragement to supporters of a so-called People's Vote, who are seeking a second referendum now that the costs and benefits of Brexit are better understood.

"We voted very clearly".

"We are less likely to see turmoil like that as people are ready for a range of outcomes this time, but we could see some big swings", he said.

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