MAY OFFERS “NEW DEAL”
TO TRY TO BREAK BREXIT DEADLOCK
Prime Minister Theresa May will set out on Tuesday a “new deal” for Britain’s departure from the European Union, her fourth attempt to break an impasse in parliament over Brexit that has plunged her government into crisis.
Three years since Britain voted to leave the EU and almost two months after the planned departure date, May is mounting a last bid to try to get a deeply divided parliament’s backing for a
divorce deal, to leave office with some kind of legacy.
The odds do not look good. Despite her spokesman saying the deal will include “certain significant new aspects”, many lawmakers, hardened in their positions, have decided not to vote for the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, legislation which implements the terms of Britain’s departure.
At a meeting of her top team of ministers, May outlined her plan to try to get the bill through parliament to secure Britain’s exit from the EU with a deal. “The prime minister said that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill is the vehicle which gets the United Kingdom out of the European Union and it is vital to find a way to get it over the line,” her spokesman told reporters.
“The prime minister will be setting out further details on the way forward in a speech this afternoon.” The speech will take place at 1500 GMT.
Her ministers, like parliament and the rest of the country, are split over Brexit, but the spokesman characterized the hours-long meeting as one of “shared determination” to find a way to break the deadlock.