UK: Theresa May to bring Brexit deal back to lawmakers in June


The Government will bring Theresa May's deal to the House of Commons for a FOURTH time in the week beginning 3rd June.

Downing Street said May intends to ask lawmakers to vote on a withdrawal agreement bill starting the week of June 3.

No 10 would not put a timeframe on publishing the bill, which MPs would expect to happen before the Whitsun recess at the end of next week, but it insisted the vote would happen that week.

A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn said that the Labour Party would not be able to support the bill when MPs are expected to vote on it at the start of June, but refused to rule out six times the party abstaining on the matter.

"Talks this evening between the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition were both useful and constructive".

He said: "If the Brexit Party were demanding we pass this Withdrawal Agreement, a vote might just make sense".

Brexit had been due to take place on March 29, but the deadline has since been extended to October 31 to buy the government more time to come up with a plan almost three years after British voters opted to leave the EU.

Speaking to the Lords EU select committee, Stephen Barclay, the Brexit secretary, suggested the vote would be the final throw of the dice for the deal negotiated with the EU's Michel Barnier. Many Conservative MPs have rejected Britain remaining in the customs union.

A majority of members of the European Research Group, a large Brexit-supporting faction in the Conservative Party, will vote against May's deal, said Owen Paterson, a former minister.

The British government has agreed it is "imperative" to ratify Britain's exit from the European Union before the summer break, setting out the clearest deadline so far for the embattled plan and the prime minister's possible departure.

Maria Caulfield, the party's MP for Lewes, said last week she "fundamentally disagreed" with holding the elections and may even vote for a Brexit Party candidate. The pressure has given a boost to "hard" Brexit views among Conservatives.

But after more than four weeks of talks, the two party leaders appear no closer to agreeing a common position, with Labour saying May had not shifted her position and warning a future Conservative leader could rip up any deal they struck.

Progress has been painfully slow, and there are growing calls in May's Conservative party to abandon the process.

Brexit supporters fear May's deal will keep the United Kingdom trapped within the EU's orbit for years and that it could ultimately pull the British province of Northern Ireland towards the bloc.

Esther McVey, the work and pensions minister, tendered her resignation shortly after Raab.

Senior ministers agreed at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday, however, to press ahead with the talks, May's spokesman said.

"It is plain that her proposals are not going to get through the House of Commons anyway, so I am afraid it is going to be her successor who decides it".

They also said it was "imperative" that any exit plan be approved by Parliament before MPs go on their summer holiday, which normally begins at the end of July.

It was due to have left the European Union on March 29, May has been unable to get her divorce deal approved by parliament so she has turned to the Labour Party, led by socialist Jeremy Corbyn, in a bid to court his support. "The draft agreement does not do that".