Published: Wed, December 12, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

May likely to delay vote on Brexit deal

May likely to delay vote on Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May will address parliament on Monday at 1530 GMT, a spokeswoman for the speaker's office told AFP, amid reports that the government will postpone a critical vote on her Brexit deal with European Union leaders.

May indicated she was seeking further assurances from the European Union on the working of the backstop - an insurance policy to avoid a return to border checks between the British province of Northern Ireland and the EU-member Irish Republic, and would seek to give the British parliament more power over its application.

Theresa May has confirmed she is calling off tomorrow's Commons vote on her Brexit deal.

Lawmakers are due to vote Tuesday on the Brexit deal, and all signs have pointed to a big defeat for the prime minister - a result that could sink May's deal, her leadership, or both.

Mr Johnson, who quit the cabinet over Mrs May's Brexit strategy, told the BBC he did not want a "no-deal" Brexit or another referendum, but it was not right to say there were no alternatives.

But there is no agreement about what a better deal would look like.

An unnamed source first told Bloomberg on Monday that the vote, originally set to be held Tuesday night, was going to be rescheduled.

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The BBC's Brussels reporter Adam Fleming said Mrs May was "trying get more legal oomph behind the language" in the withdrawal agreement about the European Union using "best endeavours" to get a trade deal which would remove the need for the backstop to be used.

As events unfolded, there was much speculation as to whether the prime minister would have to win a vote in the House before being able to delay the meaningful vote. The Prime Minister must either govern or quit'. "Disappointed it has taken so long for Prime Minister to listen".

The judges ruled that this could be done without altering the terms of Britain's membership.

A delay will force the weakened government to try to renegotiate its departure or face two equally unpalatable choices: a "no-deal" Brexit that could bring havoc to the economy or call a second referendum, which could undermine faith in the country's democratic institutions and lead to mass protests. May's government says the terms are the only way to exit while protecting the supply chains of British business.

Tory MPs say it is unacceptable because it would result in new regulatory barriers between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom and could continue indefinitely, because the United Kingdom would not be able to leave without the EU's approval.

Earlier, the EU's top court had ruled on Monday that Britain could unilaterally reverse its decision to leave, easing concerns about Britain crashing out of the bloc in March without a deal. But EU leaders have insisted the divorce agreement is final and not renegotiable.

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker on Monday ruled out the possibility of further negotiations with London, saying that the draft deal has already been unanimously adopted by member states. It was trading at $1.50 on the day of the 2016 Brexit referendum.

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