Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

UK: Theresa May Indefinitely Delays Brexit Vote

UK: Theresa May Indefinitely Delays Brexit Vote

However, there appears little chance that minor changes would satisfy the over 100 Conservative MPs who have publicly disowned Mrs May's Brexit deal. It would also leave the tortuous Brexit process in a state of flux - and raise the prospects of a no-deal scenario - less than four months before the March 29 departure date.

Meanwhile, rebel lawmakers in May's party said she had to go.

He warned that "a fundamental re-opening" of the withdrawal agreement risked European Union countries wanting to change it "in a way that may not necessarily be to our advantage". If it comes to a confidence vote then the government needs the support of Northern Irish unionists to survive.

The PM said a rejection of her deal could lead to a general election - or possibly "no Brexit" at all. "This shambles can't go on - so how about it?"

May's decision to pull the vote at the last minute demonstrates the weakness of her leadership and the precarious nature of the confidence and supply deal the Conservatives have with the DUP to find a majority.

May spoke with EU President Donald Tusk and Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and was reportedly meeting MPs on Monday in an attempt to win them over.

Boris Johnson, May's former foreign secretary and leading Brexiteer, said the backstop puts Britain in a "diabolical negotiating position", and insisted Sunday that it must be taken out of the divorce deal.

"Because there will be no enduring and successful Brexit without some compromise on both sides of the debate".

May's deal, which would see Britain keep close economic ties with the European Union, looks set to be rejected by Parliament on Tuesday.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar ruled out reopening negotiations around the backstop, which is created to keep the Irish border open following Brexit. She indicated she wants to offer a tweaked version of the deal, but it's unclear she will be able to do so.

The warnings from institutions like the Bank of England, the CBI, and the Government's own technical papers have been calamitous about the impact of leaving without a deal on March 29 - though some Brexiteers say much of this is an exaggeration. Pro-EU lawmakers want a softer divorce - the so-called Norway option - that would keep Britain inside the EU's single market for goods and services.

Guy Verhofstadt, the European Parliament's Brexit Coordinator, tweeted: "I can't follow anymore".

That marks two years from the moment May invoked Article 50 of the treaty that established the European Union, declaring the U.K.'s intention to become the first member to leave the global bloc.

The majority of British voters, who decided in a 2016 referendum to leave the European Union, would be "shocked and very angry" if Brexit were halted, Hunt said.

The case was brought to the European Court of Justice by a cross-party group of Scottish lawmakers.

May has repeatedly said the government will not seek to delay or reverse Brexit. "It is the right deal for Britain", she said. "I will discuss with them the clear concerns that this House has expressed".

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