PM May under fresh pressure over Brexit process

She faces House rebellion, Cabinet split after failing to persuade legislators of a viable plan

EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces a mass rebellion in Parliament and a split in her own Cabinet after she failed to persuade legislators that she has a viable plan for Britain's orderly withdrawal from the European Union.

With only two months remaining before Britain ceases to be a member of the EU, regardless of whether it succeeds in concluding a deal governing its future trade and political relations with the rest of Europe, both government and opposition MPs in London are sidelining the Prime Minister by tabling various Bills which would either delay Brexit - as the process of Britain's withdrawal from the EU is popularly known - or call for a new national referendum on the topic.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 23, 2019, with the headline 'PM May under fresh pressure over Brexit process'. Print Edition | Subscribe