EU increasingly believes a no-deal Brexit on 12 April is the most likely outcome
May will face further pressure from hundreds of thousands of members of the public expected to join the Put it to the People march in London on Saturday to demand a second referendum after millions signed a petition to revoke article 50.
May wrote to Tory MPs on Friday in an attempt to address some of the criticism and regain control over the process. In her letter, she even hinted she may not bring her deal back to parliament for the third time without “sufficient support” and apologized for the tone of her statement on Wednesday night where she blamed MPs for the Brexit impasse. The Guardian
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to march on Parliament calling for the public to be given the final say on Brexit.
Demonstrators will flood into the capital from across the country for the Put It To The People march in Parliament Square on Saturday.
With parliament divided, and a no-deal Brexit still the default legal position if nothing else is agreed, a recent survey for The Independent found that a second referendum was the most popular option, ahead of remaining in the EU, renegotiating with the EU or leaving without a deal.
The organisers of the rally, the People’s Vote campaign, say the debate needs to be taken out of parliament and into the streets.
The history behind the difficulties
Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU withdrawal deal has been rejected by MPs for a second time, throwing her Brexit strategy into further confusion.
MPs voted down her deal by 391 to 242 – a smaller defeat than when they rejected it in January.
The PM said MPs will now get a vote on whether the UK should leave without a deal on 29 March and, if that fails, on whether Brexit should be delayed.
TOMORROW: I’ll be marching, together with people from every corners of our country, to demand that the British people get the final say on #Brexit.
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 22, 2019
No matter how you voted, I’m sure you’ll agree – #Brexit is a complete and utter mess.
Enough is enough. I’ll be marching tomorrow – with people from every corner of our country, to demand that the British people get the final say. #PeoplesVote 🇪🇺#PutItToThePeople 🇪🇺 pic.twitter.com/6uR5R07cTm
— Sadiq Khan (@SadiqKhan) March 22, 2019
She said Tory MPs will get a free vote on a no-deal Brexit.
That means they can vote with their conscience rather than follow the orders of party managers.
If the Commons declines to approve a no-deal Brexit in a vote on Wednesday, a vote on extending Article 50, the legal mechanism taking the UK out of the EU on 29 March, will take place on Thursday .
Announcing the free vote, she told MPs: “This is an issue of grave importance for the future of our country.
“Just like the referendum there are strongly held and equally legitimate views on both sides.
“For that reason, I can confirm that this will be a free vote on this side of the House.”
She said that the choices facing the UK were “unenviable”, but because of the rejection of her deal, “they are choices that must be faced”.
- MPs are debating Theresa May’s amended Brexit deal, which they will vote on later
- She has urged them to back the “improved deal” or risk “no Brexit at all”
- The attorney general says the deal still carries a “legal risk” that the UK would have no way out of the Irish backstop without EU agreement
- The DUP has rejected the deal
- The ERG group of Eurosceptic Tory MPs also urged its members not to back it
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The events following Twitter:
Hearing from ‘moderate Brexiteers’ there’s a big push for May to promise a Meaningful Vote 3 to be tabled after EU summit next Thurs/Fri. “Things are moving really fast,” one says.
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) March 12, 2019
Education Secretary @DamianHinds says not passing a Brexit deal would be a failure of “the entire political system”.
He told @annaefoster: “This is what people expect their democracy to deliver for them.”
— BBC Radio 5 Live (@bbc5live) March 12, 2019
One ERG MP says the proportion of its members voting against the deal is “higher” than 80/20
— Matt Dathan (@matt_dathan) March 12, 2019
Conservative MP Steve Double says he still hasn’t decided which way to vote tonight as “it is between two wrongs, two things I don’t want to happen”.
He describes the revised deal as “a turd of a deal which is now a polished turd”, however adds that, “It might be the best turd we’ve got.”
The choice tonight is “impossible”, he says, but calls on MPs to commit to keeping their word to the British people and to ensure the UK leaves the EU at the end of the month. Source: BBC
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