May brings Brexit deal back to par­lia­ment

StarMetro Edmonton - - BIG OPINIONS - Jill Law­less

LON­DON—Britain’s bat­tle over Brexit turned into po­lit­i­cal trench war­fare be­tween Par­lia­ment and the gov­ern­ment Wed­nes­day, as Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May brought her lit­tle-loved EU di­vorce agree­ment back to law­mak­ers who ap­pear de­ter­mined to thwart her plans.

A month af­ter post­pon­ing a vote on the deal to avert near-cer­tain de­feat, May urged Par­lia­ment to sup­port it to pre­vent Britain leav­ing the EU on March 29 with no agree­ment on exit terms and fu­ture re­la­tions, an out­come that could cause eco­nomic and so­cial up­heaval.

“The only way to avoid ‘no deal’ is to vote for the deal,” May told law­mak­ers in the

House of Com­mons on the first of five days of de­bate ahead of a vote on Tues­day.

May post­poned the vote in mid-De­cem­ber when it be­came clear law­mak­ers would re­sound­ingly re­ject the agree­ment, a com­pro­mise deal that has left both pro-Eu­ro­pean and pro-Brexit politi­cians un­happy. Rather than warm­ing to May’s deal since then, law­mak­ers

have tried to wrest con­trol of Brexit from the gov­ern­ment and put it in the hands of Par­lia­ment.

An al­liance of gov­ern­ing Con­ser­va­tive and op­po­si­tion leg­is­la­tors has dealt May two de­feats in as many days — sym­bolic set­backs that sug­gest a power shift from the ex­ec­u­tive to the leg­is­la­ture.

Pro and Anti Brexit cam­paign­ers con­verge out­side the Houses of Par­lia­ment. MPs will de­bate a deal in Par­lia­ment af­ter last month’s vote was called off.

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