Theresa May Promises U.K. Lawmakers Brexit Vote by February 27

Lester Mason
February 10, 2019

With Brexit just 47 days away, the British government asked lawmakers on Sunday to give Prime Minister Theresa May more time to rework her divorce deal with the European Union.

Theresa May is expected to pledge in the Commons this week that MPs will get another say on Brexit if she can not recommend a revised plan this month.

She'll say that if she hasn't brought them new deal by February 27, there will then be another opportunity to vote, Communities Secretary James Brokenshire confirmed in an interview.

He said the move was necessary to stop Mrs May "running down the clock".

But Downing Street aims to reassure them by promising another vote where they can put forward alternative options, if a new deal has not been struck by 27 February.

"A no-deal Brexit means a really hard border between north and south in Ireland, it's contrary to the Good Friday Agreement and it will cause an enormous fissure within the United Kingdom".

May wants to win over lawmakers in her Conservative Party with changes relating to the Northern Irish border, but the EU has refused to reopen that part of the deal and instead wants May to pursue a compromise with the main opposition Labour Party by agreeing closer UK-EU ties.

The sides are stuck on the issue of how to keep the Irish border open after Britain leaves.

As the clock ticks down to Britain's scheduled exit on March 29, May is trying to persuade the European Union to change a deal that was agreed between London and Brussels late previous year but overwhelmingly rejected by parliament in January.

"We can't allow that to happen", Sir Keir said.

As many as 53 percent of respondents believe that UK Prime Minister Theresa May should delay Brexit opening door either for a second referendum or for continuation of talks with Brussels. "There needs to be a day when Parliament says that's it, enough is enough".

The BBC has reported that Mrs May will offer MPs another vote on amendments to her Brexit withdrawal deal if an agreement has not been reached by the end of February. "And that's what we want to do this week".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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