Brexit rebels tell Theresa May - Your EU divorce deal is dead

Erika Holt
May 16, 2019

She urged MPs to give serious consideration to Theresa May's deal when it is brought back to Parliament in the first week of June.

May met Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn for talks yesterday where she told him that she will table a vote on a Brexit "divorce" Bill next month with or without a deal with Labour.

The British government has agreed it is "imperative" to ratify Britain's exit from the European Union before the summer break, setting out the clearest deadline so far for the embattled plan and the prime minister's possible departure.

At Prime Minister's Questions, Mrs May was challenged by Tory Eurosceptic Peter Bone, who said activists in his constituency favoured a no-deal Brexit and wanted her to quit before the May 23 European elections.

Speculations grew off-late that Labour's absence from voting as a positive sign for the UK PM Theresa May's Brexit plan that's up for a vote during the week starting from June 03.

The Eurosceptic MP Owen Paterson, said he would again vote against Mrs May's deal as "it doesn't change the essential nature of the withdrawal agreement, which is unacceptable we will have laws imposed on us by 27 different countries where we are not involved".

Brexit had been due to take place on March 29, but the deadline has since been extended to October 31 to buy the government more time to come up with a plan almost three years after British voters opted to leave the EU.

Speaking after the meeting between Corbyn and May, a Labour party spokesperson said: "The Labour leader set out the shadow cabinet's concerns about the Prime Minister's ability to deliver on any compromise agreement".

DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds questioned "what has changed" from the deal which has already been rejected three times by MPs.

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For the past six weeks, ministers and their Labour counterparts have been discussing how parliament might accept the agreement May struck with the European Union a year ago.

The vote is due just as US President Donald Trump begins a divisive state visit to Britain.

Before her deal was defeated the last time, 344-286 on March 29, Ms.

Failing to support the bill would mean either a no-deal Brexit or the revocation of Article 50, cancelling the whole process, he said.

The announcement that the EU Withdrawal Bill is to return to the House of Commons, has probably put paid to any drastic moves to remove May before the beginning of June.

All recent polling points to victory for Nigel Farage's Brexit Party which has eaten into support for the Conservatives and his former party UKIP. It would be followed by negotiations on a new trade deal with the EU.

Shailesh Vara, the junior Northern Ireland minister, became the first member of May's government to resign over the deal on Thursday.

"I think MPs will need to look and see whether they want to continue down a path that, inexorably I think, takes us to either the potential of revocation of Article 50 or leaving without a deal, and ask if that's the best course, either democratically or economically".

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