Before Brexit vote:May on confrontation with Parliament
British Prime Minister Theresa May is still holding on to her Brexit deal on Tuesday night despite the expected defeat in parliament. Only the approval of the exit agreement could prevent a chaotic EU exit on 29 March or a departure from Brexit, warned May on Monday in a performance in the lower house. “Give this deal a second chance,” May shouted to MPs.
Whether the appeal of the Prime Minister falls on fertile ground, however, is questionable. Despite new assurances from Brussels, May’s chances of getting a majority for their deal are slim. Too big is the resistance against it.
If the parliament rejects the agreement by a large majority on Tuesday and does not agree on a further course of action in the coming weeks, an exit without agreement threatens with dramatic consequences for the economy and many other areas of life.
EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Council President Donald Tusk sent a long letter to May on Monday to dispel criticism from parliamentarians. However, the Northern Irish Protestant DUP, which supports Mays minority government, called these assurances “meaningless.”
In addition to the DUP, about 100 deputies from the government camp have already spoken out against the agreement. The opposition parties want to vote against May’s deal. Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn announced a vote of no confidence in Parliament in the event of Mays defeat. When exactly, he left open.
Brexit vote in the lower house
The votes are expected around 20 clock (CET). The government’s draft resolution may be amended before the actual vote. It may even be that the original decision text is changed so much that the actual vote does not even take place.
MEPs could, in addition to rejecting May’s deal, set a direction on how to proceed or link conditions to approval. However, there is still no majority of options available.
Even with a clear defeat of the government would not be clear what happens next. Many MEPs called on Monday to postpone the EU exit, a possibility that is no longer excluded in Brussels. But May vehemently declined on Monday.
According to Parliament’s will, in the event of defeat by next Monday (21 January), the government will have to submit a Plan B, to be voted on within seven days of sitting – no later than 31 January. But it is unclear whether the government is legally bound by these guidelines. (AP)