Theresa May decided to delay the ‘meaningful vote’ on her Brexit deal.
The vote was due to take place tomorrow, but after a cabinet meeting this afternoon, the Prime Minister has decided to delay the vote.
It’s rumoured that Theresa May will travel to Brussels and attempt to renegotiate the backstop arrangement with the European Union.
The prime minister will make a statement at 3:30pm to explain why, and more importantly, what happens next.
The EU has refused to budge on the current withdrawal agreement, so it is unlikely Mrs May will secure any substantial change.
@theresa_may has listened to colleagues and will head to Brussels to push back on the backstop.
— Nadhim Zahawi (@nadhimzahawi) December 10, 2018
Anna Soubry said: “I gravely fear we are putting off the inevitable. We were told the PMs deal was the final deal & end of negotiations. What can we believe? I also fear PM has weakened her own position & the ERG will put in letters.”
Corbyn reacted to news of the delay, saying: “The Government has decided Theresa May’s Brexit deal is so disastrous that it has taken the desperate step of delaying its own vote at the eleventh hour.
“We have known for at least two weeks that Theresa May’s worst of all worlds deal was going to be rejected by Parliament because it is damaging for Britain.
“Instead, she ploughed ahead when she should have gone back to Brussels to renegotiate or called an election so the public could elect a new government that could do so.”
However, the vote could still go ahead as dozens of MPs claim the Prime Minister does not have the power to delay the vote and that the House of Commons must vote on it.
The PM does not get to pull a vote. The House will have to vote to pull a vote. I will oppose. We need to see this deal off once and for all.
— James Duddridge MP (@JamesDuddridge) December 10, 2018