May Refuses To Delay Vote On Brexit Deal Despite Near-Certain Defeat

Despite losing an unprecedented Commons vote to hold her government in contempt earlier this week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is standing by her position that her deal cannot be altered in any meaningful way – and that’s a huge problem for everyone hoping to avert a ‘no deal’ Brexit.


After meeting with her cabinet on Thursday, May reportedly acknowledged that the deal might need to be amended to allow Parliament some kind of veto over whether to enter into the backstop – which would keep the UK inside the EU customs union after December 2020, when the Brexit transition period is expected to end. However, she is reportedly still insisting that the only options on the table are “no deal”, “her deal” or “no Brexit”.

Two notable things from PM on Today – 1. She tried to scotch idea of delaying or pulling the vote 2. Confirmed idea of a role for MPs in deciding whether to go in or out of backstop – some kind of parliamentary lock – might peel off a few but unlikely to be credible with Brussels

— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) December 6, 2018

However, BBC Political editor Laur Kuenssberg said the possibility that Parliament takes control of the process to try and find “another way through” is looking increasingly likely.

And PM said again and again, No deal, No Brexit or Her deal – but 4th option seems equally likely right now, Parliament takes control of process

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