Everything you need to know about Brexit right now
- Author: Rogelio Becker Mar 17, 2019,
Mar 17, 2019, 0:30
May has issued Brexit supporters a clear ultimatum - ratify her deal by a European Council summit on March 21 or face a delay to Brexit way beyond June 30 that would open up the possibility that the entire divorce could be ultimately thwarted.
It will be one of a seismic series of votes in the Commons tonight that could fundamentally change the Brexit process altogether. She hopes to use the threat of a longer delay to Brexit to persuade eurosceptics in her party to back her.
MPs are finally voting on whether to have a People's Vote on Brexit today - and the People's Vote campaign are against it.
"This will be the third time I have voted to leave".
They were asked to step down by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's office following the day of drama in Parliament and did so.
Shadow housing minister Yvonne Fovargue, shadow education minister Emma Lewell-Buck, shadow business minister Justin Madders, Ruth Smeeth, a shadow ministerial aide, and Labour whip Stephanie Peacock, all quit their roles to oppose one.
Unless May can get a Brexit deal approved by the British parliament, then she will have to decide whether to delay or cancel Brexit or thrust the world's fifth largest economy into chaos by leaving without a deal.
A possible delay to the March 29 exit date, which British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to seek, will top the agenda when European Union leaders meet in Brussels late next week. His Spanish counterpart Josep Borrell concurred: "if they're going to ask for an extension that goes beyond the date when the parliament is formed, they have the obligation to take part in European elections", Borrell said.
Downing Street said this was a "natural consequence" of Mrs.
The U.K.'s departure, due on March 29, is likely to be delayed as U.K. lawmakers wrangle over whether to approve a withdrawal agreement with the bloc.
Health Secretary Matthew Hancock said it would be "extremely difficult" but "still possible to deliver Brexit on 29 March with a deal".
Mrs May's deal could go back for a third meaningful vote before the House of Commons early next week.
Instead, leaders want May to set out a road map for the coming months, such as a schedule for votes in Parliament to work out a U.K. Brexit policy that can win majority support. The full complement of presidents and prime ministers have not formally discussed this option together, and with populist Euroskeptics expected to make big gains in May's European Parliament elections, some leaders are anxious that Brexit could continue to "pollute" the EU agenda.
Britain's crisis over European Union membership is approaching its finale as May continues to fight to build support for her divorce deal, which is expected to be put before lawmakers for a third time next week. "We will have the opportunity to. secure a people's vote within a matter of days".
Labour abstained when MPs voted on the referendum proposal, tabled by Independent Group MP Sarah Wollaston, arguing that now was not the right time to push for a public vote.
However, that vote was not legally-binding - and under current law the United Kingdom could still leave without a deal on 29 March.