May loses control over Brexit endgame in war with Parliament
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U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May is locked in a power struggle with the British Parliament that looks set to determine the final shape of Brexit.
May lost three key votes on a day of drama in the House of Commons on Tuesday, highlighting the weakness of her position as she tries to ratify the deal she’s struck with the European Union.
is that Parliament now has the potential to decide on Britain’s “plan B” if — as expected — it rejects May’s divorce agreement with the EU in the biggest vote of all next week.
That’s not what the premier wanted. It raises the possibility that members of Parliament could seek to pursue a softer withdrawal — including potentially staying in the bloc’s single market — or even attempt to stop Brexit entirely. One option that could gather momentum over the weeks ahead is for a second referendum to allow the public to overturn the decision of the first.
“No longer must the will of Parliament — reflecting the will of the people — be diminished,” Tory lawmaker Dominic Grieve said after engineering one of May’s defeats Tuesday. “Parliament must now take back control and then give the final decision back to the public because, in the end, only the people can sort this out.”
But according to Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom, the crucial vote didn’t rule out a no-deal Brexit.
“It basically says Parliament, where we know there is no majority for one outcome or another, will have more say over this,” she told BBC Radio on Wednesday.
On Dec. 11, Parliament will vote finally on whether Britian’s Prime Minister Theresa May’s divorce agreement with the EU is in jeopardy as Parliament has the potential to decide on a Plan B.
to accept or reject the 585page withdrawal agreement that May and the EU reached
in November. Few officials in May’s government believe they have much chance of
winning, with some Tories predicting a heavy defeat. More at thestar.com/world