May to warn MPs
Holding another referendum on the EU will “break faith with the British people”, Theresa May will warn MPs. Former PMs John Major and Tony Blair are among those urging a new referendum if MPs can not agree on a way forward. But the prime minister will argue that it will “irreparable damage to our politics of integrity” and will “likely not let us forward”. Last week she called off an Commons vote on her Brexit deal, admitting it was likely to be heavily rejected. The UK is due to the EU on March 29, 2019 – the deal sets out the terms of exit and a declaration on the outline of future relations between the UK and EU. But it is only in force if the UK and European Parliaments agree it. The prime minister has signaled the MPs will now vote on this early next year, and no later than 21 January.
But Labor and other opposition parties, as well as some Tory Brexiteers say a decision is now needed, so alternative options can be considered if Mrs May’s deal is denied.
They are seeking to force a vote before the Christmas recess starts on Thursday, although the BBC’s Norman Smith said it was not clear how they could do this.
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The PM is coming under pressure from cabinet ministers to “test the will of parliament” through a series of “indicative” non-binding votes – which will see the MPs will approve the pass judgment on the options in the hope of most popular.
Business Secretary Greg Clark said Mrs May’s deal but if Parliament was implacably opposed, it should be invited to say “what it would agree with”.
“Businesses expected MPs to be just critics rather than responsibility,” he told Radio 4’s Today.