According to Reuters news agency, the Prime Minister will address the public from outside her office once this afternoon’s Cabinet meeting has concluded. Cabinet ministers have convened to decide whether to back the draft withdrawal agreement. Sources are now reporting the speech, which was due around 5pm, will be delayed due to the Cabinet meeting running late, and culd be as late as 7pm.
Mrs May has allegedly faced fierce criticism from some Brexiteers and Remainers, but so far seems to have the backing of senior Cabinet members.
On Wednesday, Theresa May told MPs the UK is “significantly closer” to delivering on the result of the Brexit vote.
Wider Parliament hasn’t yet seen the draft agreement, but had a chance to voice initial contents in Prime Ministers Questions.
Mrs May told the Commons it would give the UK control of borders, laws and money – and also protect business and jobs.
But Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the UK would be stuck in an “indefinite half-way house without any real say” over the rules.
He said Mrs May was putting a “false choice” before Parliament between her “botched deal and no deal.”
You can watch Mrs May’s speech live via Sky News here:
What’s next on the Brexit agenda?
If the cabinet signs it off, the EU Commission is expected later to publish the details of the 500-page draft withdrawal agreement as well as the much shorter declaration on future economic and security relations.
Ambassadors from the remaining 27 EU member states will discuss the possibility of organising an emergency summit later this month to sign off on it.
Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar has signalled the summit could take place on 25 November.
If this happens, the government will then face a battle to win Parliament’s backing, likely before Christmas.
This will then allow time for the deal to be ratified before the March 29 Brexit deadline.
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