PM May faces fresh defeat over Brexit deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May speaking in Parliament in London, Britain, on March 12, 2019.
British Prime Minister Theresa May speaking in Parliament in London, Britain, on March 12, 2019.PHOTO: REUTERS

British lawmakers were set to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's new divorce deal after she secured last-minute assurances from the European Union on the Irish backstop, a major sticking point in the deal.

Mrs May's last-ditch efforts, however, appeared set to be voted down by the main Brexit faction in her Conservative Party.

This will be a major week for Brexit in the British Parliament. Mrs May has promised lawmakers another vote today on whether to leave without a deal if they vote down her new agreement and, if they reject that option, another vote tomorrow on whether to ask the EU for a limited delay to Brexit.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 13, 2019, with the headline 'PM May faces fresh defeat over Brexit deal'. Print Edition | Subscribe