The Brexit Deal Vote Will Not Be Postponed, Theresa May Says

The Brexit Deal Vote Will Not Be Postponed, Theresa May Says

The announcement came amid suggestions from ministers that she should find ways to avoid losing the vote, which could bring down the government, or see Britain leave the bloc without a deal.

May's critics, including both supporters and opponents of Brexit, say that means Britain could be subject to European Union laws long after it has given up any influence over determining them.

"No one can pretend that this deal is flawless in every sense, " Javid acknowledged.

"Ever since the referendum in 2016 my priority has been to help secure a Brexit deal which puts jobs and the economy first".

Asked if Mrs May still felt she could command a majority in the Commons for the crunch vote next Tuesday, a Downing Street source said: "Everybody knows the parliamentary arithmetic. Most members of parliament are keen to make progress on this and to do so in a sensible way".

On Tuesday, the government was found in contempt of parliament after six opposition parties launched legal proceedings against the ministers over their failure to publish the full legal analysis.

The government has tried to blunt opposition to the deal by highlighting the risks of a no-deal Brexit, where Britain leaves the European Union but has no trade deal or other common regulations in place.

The advice, from Attorney General Geoffrey Cox, the country's top law officer, examines the legal effect of the proposed backstop arrangement, or Northern Ireland protocol, which is a fallback measure created to maintain an invisible border in Ireland.

The main thrust of Cox's advice was already known - the government released a 43-page document about it Monday in a bid to fend off the contempt motion.

Before the prime minister appeared at the despatch box, her government had gone down to defeat for the third time in an hour.

At a rowdy session of parliament, Attorney General Geoffrey Cox outlined the legal advice he had given to the government, including over a "backstop" arrangement to prevent the return of a hard border between Northern Ireland and EU member state Ireland if a future UK-EU trading deal is not reached in time.




May has repeatedly said that if lawmakers reject her deal with Brussels, which would see Britain exit the European Union on March 29 with continued close ties, the only alternatives are leaving without a deal or reversing Brexit.

She added: "There are pros and cons to both sides of that".

The Attorney General warned: "In the absence of a right of termination, there is a legal risk that the United Kingdom might become subject to protracted and repeating rounds of negotiations".

Concerns about the backstop are a key driver of opposition to the deal among both May's own Conservative lawmakers and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up her minority government.

Treasury chief Philip Hammond told lawmakers Thursday that it was "simply a delusion" to think that a better Brexit deal can be renegotiated and that a no-deal Brexit would be "too bad to contemplate".

Deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds said: "The overall context of this is ... a deeply unattractive, unsatisfactory presentation and he (Cox) needs to therefore, rather than recommend this agreement, recommend that it is rejected".

JUST one of the Bradford district's MPs are set to vote in favour of Theresa May's Brexit plan.

Now Mrs May is trying to get her deal approved by a parliament which shows every sign of striking it down in a vote on December 11.

Chancellor Philip Hammond opens the Brexit debate in the House of Commons later on.

But it remains to be seen whether it goes far enough to win over enough Tory Brexiteers to get the deal through the Commons.

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