Over the weekend, Theresa May felt moved to dismiss pressure for her to step down as Prime Minister after Brexit. May has angered MPs by admitting that there will be no meaningful vote on a revised withdrawal deal this week. There was anger from across the House of Commons as May conceded the vote may now not be held before 12 March – just 17 days before the UK is set to withdraw from the EU.
It was claimed that the Prime Minister’s team is still negotiating with EU officials on changes to the deal that May hopes will reassure MPs and gain her support for the deal. However, May was widely condemned for yet again delaying something that must surely be resolved sooner rather than later. It would have been inconceivable if we had been told two years ago that with just weeks to go until the UK left, we would have no idea whether we will have a deal or not and if we do, what type of deal it will be.
There is now genuine talk that MPs will vote to extend article 50 – which would be in defiance of May who insists we must exit by 29 March. That would serve as yet another challenge to her authority. MPs will be given the chance to vote on a government motion on Wednesday, and they will be able to try and bind May’s hands by preventing a no-deal Brexit.
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