British Prime Minister Theresa May is put for one last effort to save her much-derided European Union withdrawal bargain – however in doing so risks that a entire collapse of this Brexit project, ministers have indicated.
May has acknowledged the unpopularity of her deal, which is already rejected three times by parliament and has said she would resign when it passed.
Her own Brexit ministry Wednesday confessed the withdrawal agreement could be”dead” if refused again.
“I think that the House will need to then tackle a far more fundamental question between if it is going to pursue… a no-deal alternative or whether it will reverse” the full Brexit process, Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay told the Lords EU Committee.
The talking point of a stark choice between”no deal” and”no Brexit” should May’s manage be conquered again, originated in Downing Street early on Wednesday, together with the BBC coverage on language in Number 10. It was reprinted after by International Trade Secretary Liam Fox after a speech in the Institute for Government, according to The Guardian.
May can bring the deal back into the House of Commons in the first week of June, looking for the approval of MPs – but the fourth attempt may prove like the prior three.
“If the prime minister brings the withdrawal invoice to the Commons for a vote that the issue will be’what’s changed?'” Said Nigel Dodds, whose Democratic Union Party includes a strategic alliance with May’s Conservatives.
May confronts opposition to the deal on several fronts. Tough line right-wing Eurosceptics in her own party say it doesn’t go far enough, also mostly renders the United Kingdom within EU structures, such as the Customs Union.
The DUP, on whose support May depends to command a majority in parliament, says attempts to avoid a”hard boundary” between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland – maintaining Northern Ireland largely aligned with the EU before a brand new trade deal can be agreed, also known as the”backstop” position – undermines the integrity of the UK, developing a trade boundary between Northern Ireland and Great Britain.
And Labour, the principal opposition party, although committed to departing the EU, also opposes the deal on problems of employees’ rights and those of EU nationals residing in Britain and British nationals living within the EU.
Growing numbers of Labour MPs and fans are calling for a second referendum on EU membership.
“We’ve got serious concerns regarding negotiating with a government That’s in the process of disintegrating
Labour party spokesman
Six weeks of discussions between Labour and the government seem to have borne little fruit. “We have serious issues about negotiating with a government that’s in the process of disintegrating,” a Labour spokesman said on Wednesday, Reuters news agency reported.
“We have made clear we can’t support the Brexit laws without an arrangement… With no compromise agreement, we would be voting on the identical botched Brexit deal.”
The Green Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party and Plaid Cymru, meanwhile, all oppose Brexit outright.
But Labour might yet abstain from the fourth vote, allowing May’s bargain to pass the first stage of approval, and try to modify the text ahead of following readings.
Chuka Umunna, a former Labour MP who defected in the party to establish the centrist Change UK party, stated in a tweet which Labour was”that include Theresa May and her Brexit plan a lifeline”.
The Green Party’s Caroline Lucas known for a new referendum.
“When will PM take the hands from her ears,” she’s tweeted. “MPs have rejected her EU withdrawal agreement 3 days. Nothing has ever changed.”