Prime Minister Theresa May has urged MPs to “hold their nerve” after saying she needed “some time” to secure legally-binding changes to the Irish backstop from Brussels. In a statement to the House of Commons this afternoon, Mrs May vowed to secure a withdrawal deal from the European Union (EU) that would be supported by MPs. She also promised a second “meaningful vote” on for MPs if they back her amended Brexit deal fresh from crunch talks with EU leaders on February 26. If a deal has not been agreed with Brussels then new votes on February 27 could hand power over to Parliament giving MPs a say on what happens next.
But is a Brexit vote taking place in Parliament first this week?
Before a second “meaningful vote, MPs will participate in votes on further alternatives to Mrs May’s Brexit plan on Thursday”.
The amendments, the details of which are still unknown, will be debated and voted by MPs after cross-party Parliamentary discussions to break the deadlock.
However, they are non-binding so not much is expected to change whichever way MPs votes.
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn today accused the Prime Minister of purposely “running down the clock” with continued negotiations to panic MPs into backing any deal.
He said her behaviour was to ”blackmail people into supporting a flawed deal, she is playing with time and playing with people’s jobs”.
Parliament has already said it wants to avoid Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal in place on March 29.
Mrs May replied: “He talked about uncertainty, of course the best way to end uncertainties is to vote for a deal.
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They are to negotiate a way for the UK to leave the backstop without requiring EU consent, agreeing a time limit to the backstop or finding an alternative agreement to replace it altogether.
With 45 days to go until Brexit leaves the EU, many MPs believe Mrs May is deluded in saying a deal can be reached.
SNP MP Ian Blackford said Mrs May was a lost “in a Brexit fantasy” saying Scotland was 45 days from being pulled into an “economic catastrophe”.
Labour’s David Lammy mocked the Prime Minister’s request for MPs to “hold their nerve”.
He wrote on Twitter: “Actually Theresa May is asking us to hold our noses, not our nerves, and vote her appalling deal through. I can’t and I won’t, as it stinks.”