After taking the decision to delay the Brexit vote yesterday morning, Theresa May today headed to Europe to meet with European leaders.
The Prime Minister has gone to Europe in an attempt to secure changes to the Brexit deal, which in its current form will not pass in the House of Commons.
A ‘Meaningful Vote’ on the Brexit deal will take place before the 21st January Downing St confirmed today, but opposition MPs are calling for a vote as soon as next week.
May met Angela Merkel this afternoon and plans to meet EU bosses this evening, however, it is unlikely she will be able to secure any major changes to the Brexit deal and win the support of the 100 or so Conservative MPs who plan to vote the deal down.
After meeting Mrs May this afternoon, Merkel said that there is ‘No way to change’ Brexit deal. This is not good news for the Prime Minister.
Theresa May will meet the Irish Prime Minister tomorrow, presumably to discuss to Northern Ireland border.
Juncker said earlier today: “I will meet @theresa_may this evening in Brussels. I remain convinced that the #Brexit deal we have is the best – and only – deal possible. There is no room for renegotiation, but further clarifications are possible.”
I will meet @theresa_may this evening in Brussels. I remain convinced that the #Brexit deal we have is the best – and only – deal possible. There is no room for renegotiation, but further clarifications are possible.
— Jean-Claude Juncker (@JunckerEU) December 11, 2018
One Conservative MP said: “The PM has now reached the cliff-edge of resignation.
“I believe that she may well have to resign and yesterday’s events in running away from the vote, and then off to Germany, Holland and the EU was yet another humiliation for the UK.
“She is clinging to the wreckage, she has reached the point of no return.”
The SNP are applying pressure to Labour to call for a motion of no confidence against Theresa May’s government, however, the Labour party yesterday said that they will only call for a no-confidence vote when they believe the government is at it’s weakest. I presume this will be after the meaningful vote on the Brexit deal.
One journalist said: “Isn’t the real reason Labour is dodging the no-confidence vote because if they lose it they’ll have to decide whether to back a second referendum or not?”
Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon replied.
Indeed. And getting them to a point where they can take this decision is one of the reasons for not hanging about on the no confidence motion. Time is running out and the PM’s tactic is clearly to run down the clock. The opposition must not allow that to happen. https://t.co/St7bocpB5o
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) December 11, 2018
It’s going to be extremely interesting to see where all of this ends up, but Theresa May will not get any concessions from the EU. That’s for sure.