Government plans to hold new vote on Brexit


LONDON: In wake of Brexit controversy, the MPs will vote again on Brexit on Friday but it is not clear whether it will be another “meaningful vote” on the PM’s withdrawal deal. Asked whether the motion would be the “full package”, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said discussion was “ongoing”.

According to a BBC report, there is speculation that MPs might be asked to vote on the withdrawal agreement but not the further “political declaration”. Labour said that would lead to the “blindest of blind Brexits”. Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said both European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had stressed that the withdrawal agreement and political declaration – outlining how UK-EU trade, security and other issues could work – were part of the same “negotiated package”.

He said to separate them “would mean leaving the EU with absolutely no idea where we are heading … we wouldn’t vote for that”.

The PM’s deal includes a withdrawal agreement – setting out how much money the UK must pay to the EU as a settlement, details of the transition period, and the backstop arrangements – and a political declaration on the way the future EU-UK relationship will work.

The EU has said the PM’s deal must be approved by MPs by the end of this week, if Brexit is to be delayed until 22 May. Announcing the government’s intention to table a motion for debate on Friday, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom said there would be a motion put forward later “relating to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.”

“The motion tabled will comply with the Speaker’s ruling but the only way we ensure we leave in good time on May 22 is by approving the Withdrawal Agreement by 11pm on March 29.

Bowing down to pressure, British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday announced that she will resign as the prime minister before the next phase of Brexit talks. This development came hours before the British Parliament is set to vote on the type of Brexit Britain will opt.