MPs vote to take control of Brexit process for indicative votes
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 26, 2019,
Mar 26, 2019, 17:14
Almost three years after Britons voted 52-48 percent to leave in the 2016 European Union membership referendum, and three days before Britain was supposed to leave the bloc, the outlook for Brexit remains up in the air. Early Tuesday, it was trading down 0.1 percent.
MPs are saying they will back her plan if she resigns, but refuse to do so unless she goes public with a date.
She warned MPs that if they did not accept her Brexit deal, and continued to insist that no deal was unacceptable, then a longer extension to Article 50 was likely, keeping the United Kingdom in the EU beyond European elections in May.
Steve Bray, a political activist who has been dubbed "Mr. Stop Brexit" as he has been shouting 'Stop Brexit!' on College Green opposite the Houses of Parliament, thinks May should continue as prime minister.
In their House of Commons contributions yesterday evening, the DUP's leader in Westminster, Nigel Dodds, and the party's Brexit spokesman, Sammy Wilson, didn't hold back in expressing their frustration with the prime minister's approach.
A new vote on the agreement, which allows for a long transition period and time for trade ties to be negotiated, will only be brought forward if it has sufficient support to pass.
British lawmakers have temporarily seized control of the Brexit process from Prime Minister Theresa May, in a rare move that puts lawmakers in the driving seat.
Meanwhile, the clock is continuing to tick down.
May's proposed deal for Britain to leave the European Union has been rejected twice. "Clearly the Commons has shown last night that is has the determination to ensure that there is not a no-deal Brexit", he said.
While Parliament was forcing its way into the driving seat, those who were supposed to be controlling the process remained passive.
With May humiliated and weakened, ministers lined up to insist she was still in charge and to deny any part in, or knowledge of, a reported plot to demand she name a date to leave office at a cabinet meeting which started at 1000 GMT on Monday.
"People are moving towards [the prime minister's deal] because they can see that the alternatives are all worse, so I very much hope that enough people move towards it so we can deliver it".
She added: "If the House does not approve the withdrawal agreement this week, and is not prepared to countenance leaving without a deal we will have to seek a longer extension".
Later, in answer to questions, she raised two more options: "Either a second referendum or an election".
Pro-Brexit Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen says it's time for someone else to take the reins from Prime Minister Theresa May. Lawmakers are due to take control of parliamentary business at 1400 GMT. The first stage is the "indicative votes", scheduled for Wednesday. Hilary Benn told BBC News today that MPs would be presented with a list of options on a ballot paper on the Wednesday and would be asked to vote for all those they supported.
It is based on an amendment put forward by two Labour MPs.
Former Conservative minister Michael Heseltine said ignoring parliament would be risky for May.
He added: "You have to accept that a second referendum or revoking Article 50 are on the table because they will probably be some options".
Once they they have established which of the proposals have "significant" support, he said a way would have to be found - possibly through some form of preferential voting system - to "zero in" on the one around which a majority of MPs could coalesce.
"We will only bring the vote back if we believe that we would be in a position to win it", May's spokesperson said before her confirmation the votes were still note there.