British Prime Minister, Theresa May is in hot water on Sunday, February 24, after the female leader suggested that the parliament may not be able to cast ballots on her Brexit deal until March 12, just days before Britain formally leaves the European Union (EU).
According to experts, this decision opens a door for MPs to move by next week to delay Brexit beyond March 29 and to avoid a potentially disastrous situation where Britain exits with no agreement at all.
According to the Prime Minister, Sunday, she is still discussing with the EU any possible amendments to the deal’s arrangements for the Irish border, but she also held out the possibility of a vote this week.
“As we’re continuing with those talks, we won’t bring a meaningful vote to parliament this week,” she told reporters as she arrived at a summit of European and Arab leaders in Egypt.
“But that will happen by March 12. And we still have it within our grasp to leave the European Union with a deal on March 29.”
May sought to address the concerns about the deal’s ‘backstop’ arrangements, which is designed to keep the border with Ireland free-flowing after the MPs rejected her withdrawal deal last month.
A meeting is set with Theresa May together with European Council chief Donald Tusk and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the two-day summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, and her team will also return to Brussels on Tuesday, February 26.
Unfortunately, opposition leaders and pro-European MPs in London violently reacted at what they believe is a delaying tactic.
Labour’s Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer said her move not to hold a vote this week was “the height of irresponsibility and an admission of failure.”
“Theresa May is recklessly running down the clock in a desperate attempt to force MPs to choose between her deal and no deal,” he said.
“Parliament cannot stand by and allow this to happen.” /apr