Vote on Brexit deal will take place next week: Theresa May
THE House of Commons vote on the Brexit deal will “definitely” go ahead next week, British Prime Minister Theresa said today.
May also admitted the UK would be in uncharted territory if the agreement she reached with EU leaders is rejected.
Britain is due to exit the EU on March 29. However, May’s inability so far to get her deal through parliament has alarmed business leaders and investors who fear the country is heading for an damaging no-deal Brexit.
May (pictured above with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar) said the vote would take place around January 15, despite newspaper reports she could delay it. She has already delayed the vote once, in December, when it became clear she would lose unless extra reassurances from the EU were agreed.
Describing what would happen if she was defeated, Mrs May told the BBC: “We’re going to be in uncharted territory. I don’t think anybody can say exactly what will happen in terms of the reaction we’ll see in parliament.”
May’s party is bitterly divided over its support for the deal, with many fearing that an insurance policy designed to avoid the re-emergence of a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland could leave Britain subject to EU rules indefinitely.
One of those leading the Conservative Brexiteers, Jacob Rees-Mogg, said in a newspaper article it was “wishful thinking” that time away from parliament over the Christmas holiday could persuade him to change his mind and back the deal.
May said the UK faced a moment of “profound challenge” and she urged MPs to get behind her Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.