News | Published February 12 2019

May promises vote while Corbyn bemoans "delays"

The Prime Minister Theresa May has today told MPs in parliament today that she will offer them a final vote on her Brexit deal, as soon as she secures concessions from Brussels on the backstop arrangement.

May says that she has a "clear mandate" to renegotiate the deal after it was defeated in parliament last month, despite confirmation by the EU that they would not reopen discussions.

"I will continue to work with members across the House to build a country that works for everyone," she said.

After May stated her intention to continue with negotiations, she confirmed that further non-binding votes would be held on the 27th of February.

The BBC's Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg responded to the news on Twitter, explaining that announcing the votes "kills off most of the likely rebellious moves this week".

The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn accused May of "recklessly running down the clock" and again called for the government to pursue a customs union deal.

He added: "We were told to prepare for a further meaningful vote this week after the prime minister again promised to secure significant and legally binding changes to the backstop and that hasn't happened."

MPs on both sides of the House then questioned May, with former Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab claiming that gaining concessions to the backstop was vital for the deal to pass through parliament.

Labour MP Liz Kendall asked whether May would remain as prime minister until a deal is agreed, adding "why would any of us take any of her assurances".

Authored by

William Winter
February 12 2019

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