New Brexit vote will be before Jan 21, says British PM May's spokesman

British Prime Minister Theresa May had been due to hold the vote on Dec 11, 2019, but she announced the day before that she would defer it and seek extra reassurances from the European Union to make sure it got through Parliament.
British Prime Minister Theresa May had been due to hold the vote on Dec 11, 2019, but she announced the day before that she would defer it and seek extra reassurances from the European Union to make sure it got through Parliament.PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Britain's Parliament will vote on whether to approve Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal before Jan 21, her spokesman said on Tuesday (Dec 11).

May had been due to hold the vote later on Tuesday, but on Monday announced she would defer it and seek extra reassurances from the European Union to make sure it got through Parliament.

May is looking to resolve the impasse over her deal as quickly as possible, and intends to get the assurances she needs from European leaders before Jan 21, the spokesman told reporters.

The spokesman also said May had earlier held a productive meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, the first stop on a tour of European capitals. The two agreed to work to find a way through the current situation, he said.

May will hold a meeting of her Cabinet on Wednesday afternoon.