London (CNN)British lawmakers are preparing to take control of this House of Commons schedule for two days at an unprecedented move that will test support for alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May’s deadlocked Brexit program.
A landmark vote put Wednesday’s parliamentary regime at the control of lawmakers, after May’s repeated failure to maneuver her deal raised the odds of Britain crashing from the EU in turmoil. MPs now aim to bring another day of debate on Monday.
A motion released by the Labour MP Hilary Benn, among the MPs leading the charge to capture control of this Brexit process, revealed that lawmakers will vote simultaneously on a menu of options on Wednesday evening local time. These so-called indicative votes will reveal which of these several alternatives command the most support.
Then, on Monday, MPs will vote Brexit options in sequence — producing, in effect, a run-off.
The government opposes the move, and has insisted it intends to attract May’s twice-rejected return for a vote within the next few days. Even the European Union, as it agreed an
, said the UK could depart on May 22 when it passed the deal at the end of this week. The UK has before April 12 to introduce an alternate plan, or hazard spelled out with no deal.
It seems likely that lawmakers will favor a closer relationship with the European Union compared to May expected within her Withdrawal Agreement. That prospect of a”softer” Brexit prompted some major rivals of May’s bargain to switch sides, including prominent euroskeptic Jacob Rees-Mogg, chief of the European Research Group, a hardline bloc of pro-Brexit Conservative MPs.
“I have always believed that no-deal is much far better compared to Mrs May’s bargain, but Mrs May’s bargain is much better than not leaving at all,” Rees-Mog, stated on a
In spite of the turnaround, May still surpasses the numbers necessary for her deal to maneuver. She needs to convince 75 MPs to back a third vote to the widely maligned bargain if she’s to win by one.
Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props May minority government, has shown no sign of coming around.
But a few of May’s supporters remain optimistic. Conservative lawmaker Andrew Murrison, who has twice supported the deal from the Commons, told CNN there’s a chance that the DUP’s 10 MPs might flip.
The DUP’s Brexit spokesperson, Sammy Wilson, remained implacably opposed on Tuesday, rather calling to get a yearlong extension to the Brexit process. That would be”a much better way than simply turning to be secured into the prison of this withdrawal deal,” he said.
Speculation over May’s future
The government has stated it will not be bound by the outcome of the votes that are indicative. “It is incumbent upon the government to listen to what the Commons says,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock told BBC Radio 4. “But we can’t pre-commit to following whatever they vote for, since they might vote for something that’s wholly impractical,” he added.
Prior to the votes,” May will match the powerful 1922 Agency of backbenchers, which has resulted in speculation that she will decide on a schedule for her resignation.
However Alistair Burt, who stepped up as a Foreign Office minister in order to vote against Theresa May’s authorities on Monday, told CNN she shouldn’t resign, despite failing twice to pass Withdrawal Agreement.
“Shifting leaders at this time wouldn’t be helpful,” said Burt, a member of May’s Conservative Party who supported the motion to hold indicative votes on Wednesday.
Burt added that”naturally” he regretted resigning. “But there are greater principles that you’ve got to stick to.”