Theresa May has cancelled Tuesday’s vote on her Brexit deal amid fears she would be facing a huge defeat by Tory rebels. Her announcement comes as the European Court of Justice said the UK could cancel Brexit without the permission of the other 27 EU members. Mrs May has given a speech this afternoon in the House of Commons to explain her reasons for the delay.
Prime Minister Theresa May began her statement by saying that after three days of debate on the withdrawal agreement in the Commons, it is clear that there is “broad support” for many of the key aspects to the deal.
But there is too much concern about the backstop and this would result in defeat for the deal if MPs voted on it.
Theresa May said the backstop is a “necessary guarentee” to the people of Northern Ireland and there is no deal available that does not include the backstop.
As a result, she said the government has made the decision to defer the vote.
Mrs May says the treaty “is now clear” that the backstop “can only ever be temporary” and it is “clear” that these elements “do not offer a sufficient number of colleagues the assurances they need”.
She said she will now go back again to EU leaders to discuss her next options.