Another Brexit vote looms as debate goes nowhere

PM May's offer to quit may nudge some holdouts to back her deal

An anti-Brexit demonstrator waving the British and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.
An anti-Brexit demonstrator waving the British and EU flags outside the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday.PHOTO: REUTERS

Britain's House of Commons is expected to hold a Brexit debate today, but a so-called "meaningful vote" on Prime Minister Theresa May's proposed deal is unlikely, reports said late yesterday.

Mrs May was instead expected to ask for a vote on the Withdrawal Agreement with the EU, without the political declaration on future ties. With the original deadline for Britain's exit from the European Union set to lapse today and the country facing the prospect of being ejected from the bloc on April 12 if lawmakers cannot agree on a way forward, Mrs May is under pressure to get her deal through Parliament.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 29, 2019, with the headline 'Another Brexit vote looms as debate goes nowhere'. Subscribe