May brings Brexit deal back to par­lia­ment

StarMetro Vancouver - - 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.

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