UK lawmakers expected to reject May Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces the prospect of defeat in a historic vote in parliament on her Brexit deal on Tuesday. Lauren Anthony reports.


“There are some in Westminster who would wish to delay or even stop Brexit and who will use every device available to them to do so.”

Britain’s parliament will decide whether to support or reject the Prime Minister’s deal for leaving the European Union on Tuesday (January 15), and with just hours to go before the delayed vote, Theresa May has been pulling out the stops.

On Monday (January 14), she made a desperate last ditch appeal to convince rebel lawmakers to support her divorce deal, and in front of a group of factory workers in the leave-supporting city of Stoke-on-Trent, she stressed that Britain’s exit from the EU is now in peril from politicians seeking to thwart it.


“It’s now my judgement that the more likely outcome is a paralysis in Parliament that risks there being no Brexit.”

May has issued repeated warnings on the outcomes of the failure to deliver Brexit.

Her ministers said reversing the outcome of the 2016 referendum could lead to rise in far-right populism.

Unfortunately for May all signs indicate that her deal will be rejected. And if this happens, the main options point at a last-minute deal, no-deal – or – a disorderly exit, a second referendum or even reversing Brexit altogether.


“What if we found ourselves in a situation where Parliament tried to take the UK out of the EU in opposition to a remain vote? People’s faith in the democratic process and their politicians would suffer catastrophic harm.”

On Monday, the EU wrote May a letter setting out assurances on the so-called Northern Ireland backstop issue – currently one of the most contested terms of her current deal.

It’s supposed to work as an insurance policy to prevent the return of border controls between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic – which is an EU member.

Brussels is standing its ground and says the deal they have built with May cannot be renegotiated, but their letter insists the backstop is not the EU’s ideal solution to avoiding a hard border.

With May’s deal teetering on the edge of failure due to opposition on all sides – the EU’s letter is unlikely to alter the vote at this late stage, which risks a continued political impasse – and the UK’s post-exit status indefinitely uncertain.

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