Theresa May to delay Brexit vote

Elias Hubbard
December 10, 2018

Two days to go for the crucial Brexit vote in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday cautioned her own and opposition MPs that the United Kingdom will be thrown into "uncharted waters" of the withdrawal agreement is rejected.

The House of Commons Speaker's office says May will make the previously unscheduled statement at about 3:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. EST). The announcement came as May held talks with her Cabinet about the next steps in the Brexit process.

The House of Commons was supposed to vote on the deal Tuesday evening and it was widely expected to go down to a resounding defeat as almost half of Ms.

May's office publicly insisted it was going ahead as recently as 11:20 a.m. on Monday in London but the prospect of an overwhelming revolt from members of Parliament forced the premier to think again.

The Sunday Times reported that May was expected to announce on Monday that she was delaying the vote to make a last-minute dash to Brussels to appeal to the European Union to improve the deal.

The Commons vote on Tuesday will not be delayed, the Brexit Secretary has said, amid growing calls for the PM to go back to Brussels to renegotiate.

May's deal, which would see Britain keep close economic ties with the European Union, looks set to be rejected by parliament on Tuesday. But EU leaders have insisted the divorce agreement is final and not renegotiable.

"Of course we can improve this deal, and the prime minister is seeking to improve this deal", Gove said. "We have got a good shot of winning".

May is facing her biggest crisis since coming to power a month after the nation voted by a 52-48 margin in June 2016 to leave the world's largest single market after 46 years.

EU supporters, meanwhile, are pinning their hopes on a European Court of Justice ruling on Monday on whether Britain's parliament has the right to unilaterally halt Brexit in its tracks.

An EU member state can also choose to change its mind in the case where no agreement has been reached, as long as the two-year time limit, including any transition period, has not expired.

When I say if this deal does not pass we would truly be in uncharted waters, I hope people understand this is what I genuinely believe and fear could happen.

The European Union have been adamant this is a take-it-or-leave-it deal and can not be renegotiated.

She is under attack from more strident Brexit backers in her party as well as europhiles who want either a second referendum or a pact that maintains stronger EU-UK ties than the one offered by May.

"My undertsanding is that we will have a vote on Tuesday and we are looking to win that vote", Kwarteng told Sky News.

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