UK's May hints at Brexit backstop vote to save ailing deal

British Prime Minister Theresa May returns to the House of Commons today after a series of stunning defeats by MPs that threaten her government

But "a sizeable vote against the deal on 11 December would mean stalemate and bring the United Kingdom to the brink of a constitutional crisis", Buckley and his team wrote.

"For these reasons I will not be supporting Mrs May's deal, and I believe if it is defeated, that Parliament need to consider other options, including potentially a General Election, further renegotiation either by this or another Government, and the option for a possible referendum on the deal".

"In global law, the protocol would endure indefinitely until a superseding arrangement took its place", Cox said in the document, further stating that the protocol would continue even if negotiations broke down between the two sides. Cox advised there was a risk Britain might become stuck in "protracted and repeating rounds of negotiations".

"There are those who just want to frustrate Brexit and overturn the vote of the British people".

Failure in the vote will transform the quarterly European Union summit to be held in Brussels next Thursday and Friday into a "Brexit crisis" meeting, officials say - though the timing may mean it is too soon for May to tell fellow leaders much more than that she has failed at her first attempt and needs more time.

Starmer said it was "unthinkable" that the government had tried to keep the advice from Parliament and the public before lawmakers vote Tuesday on the government's Brexit deal.

Concerns about the backstop are a key driver of opposition to the deal among both May's own Conservative lawmakers and the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), which props up her minority government.

Mrs May said some in parliament were trying to frustrate Brexit and that she did not think another referendum on Brexit was the right course.

"It is hard for the government to avoid a vote without the agreement of the House (of Commons) now that the debate is up and running", said Hannah White, deputy director of the Institute for Government.




The source suggested it was "outrageous bollocks" and attempting to "spook grandees is pure bullshit theatre".

"Consequently, I have decided the only honourable thing for me to do is to resign the party whip in Parliament".

The British parliament is mid-way through a five-day debate on the Brexit deal, ahead of the vote which will define Britain's departure from the European Union and could determine May's future as leader.

Deal, no deal, delayed Brexit, no Brexit vote - the permutations increase daily. The chance of no Brexit at all doubled to 40 percent from 20 percent, in a sign of perhaps the biggest shift in perception since the 2016 vote to leave.

The DUP's Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said it would be "illogical" for his party to turn on the Tories if it had already seen off the Brexit deal. There was a real danger that Parliament would try to "steal" Brexit from the British people, Mr Fox told a parliamentary committee yesterday.

Theresa May is deploying her dwindling band of loyal ministers across the country today, in a bid to shore up support for her Brexit deal.

Brexit-supporting legislators worry that opponents of Brexit in Parliament may try to water down the terms of departure from the European Union, or even reverse the country's decision to leave.

If the deal is voted down, some members of parliament from both main parties have said they would act to stop a Brexit with no agreement, which business chiefs and investors fear would weaken the West, spook financial markets and block trade.

All MPs who are members of the Privy Council have been invited to briefings on Thursday by the Civil Contingencies Secretariat on preparations for Brexit, said Number 10.

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