British PM May 'could delay Brexit deal vote again'

Erika Holt
January 6, 2019

His comments come after Conservative MP Ken Clarke called for the government to revoke Article 50 to give the United Kingdom more time to negotiate Brexit. Of 1,215 of the Conservative Party's rank-and-file members questioned by the pollster, 59% opposed Ms.

Professor Tim Bale, the research leader, said: "If Theresa May is hoping her MPs will return to Westminster having been persuaded by their constituency associations to back her Brexit deal, she's going to be disappointed".

Writing in the Mail, Mrs May said: "The only way to both honour the result of the referendum and protect jobs and security is by backing the deal that is on the table".

"Moreover, the Tory rank and file, it seems, are convinced that no deal is better than May's deal".

Addressing opponents on both the Remain and Brexiteer wings of parliament, she said: "There are some in parliament who, despite voting in favour of holding the referendum, voting in favour of triggering Article 50 and standing on manifestos committed to delivering Brexit, now want to stop us leaving by holding another referendum". Just 29 per cent of Tory members would back her deal, compared with 64 per cent who would vote for a complete break.

The Northern Irish DUP, whose 10 lawmakers have propped up May's minority government, has demanded she ditch the Irish backstop, something the European Union and May have ruled out. Although 23% thought it was a bad idea but a price worth paying to secure a deal, 40% said Britain should reject any deal that included the backstop.

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But former Cabinet minister John Redwood said a no-deal Brexit "will work just fine" despite the "idiotic" warnings about potential shortages of food and medicines.

"Some 72% of voters now intending to support the Conservatives think the warnings are "exaggerated or invented" - a figure that rises to 76% among Tory members".

Officials are reportedly drawing up a possible Commons amendment to the Brexit vote which would give parliament the right to serve notice to the European Union of an intention to quit the backstop after 12 months if Brussels fails to agree a trade deal with the United Kingdom that would resolve the issue.

Despite May surviving a vote of no-confidence in her leadership in December, almost half (48%) of Tory members thinks she is doing fairly badly or very badly as PM and 44% think she should quit if parliament votes to reject her deal.

British Prime Minister Theresa May's controversial Brexit deal has divided her own Conservative Party.

"The Prime Minister assured MPs she would be working on new, last minute add-ons to her Brexit deal, yet, as predicted, Brussels has said it is not interested".

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