BRITAIN’S Prime Minister has told members of the country’s parliament that a vote on her Brexit deal planned for tomorrow (Tuesday) will be delayed.
Theresa May, who faced the possibility of losing the vote, told the House of Commons this afternoon (Monday) that the current deal did not offer enough assurances to sceptical MPs.
She now plans to return to Brussels to secure further concessions from Brussels on the Northern Ireland backstop arrangement in particular. EU officials previously ruled out changing the deal after negotiations closed.
“I am determined to do everything I can to get the reassurances this deal requires and to deliver for the British people,” May said.
“Members of the House have to ask themselves whether they wish to deliver Brexit and honour the result of the referendum,” the Prime Minister added.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the delayed showed the government was in “complete disarray”.
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“We are in an extremely serious and unprecedented situation. This is a bad deal for Britain, a bad deal for our economy and a bad deal for our democracy,” Corbyn said.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow said the decision to delay the vote was “deeply discourteous”.
MPs lined up to criticised May’s decision following her statement. Shouts of “Resign!” could also reportedly be heard coming from the Commons benches.
Kirsty Blackman, of the Scottish National Party (SNP), accused the Prime Minister of “pathetic cowardice” over the move.
Liberal Democrat leader Sir Vince Cable said the decision showed May had lost all authority.
He added his party would support a vote of no confidence on the Conservative government if it were tabled by Labour.
Nigel Dodds, of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), said May needed to “start listening” to others.
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on Twitter Britain needed a Prime Minister who “believes” in Brexit and in Britain.