May surrenders to Remainers: Brexit can be delayed
Theresa May surrendered to a Remainer revolt today by promising that MPs will get a vote on whether to delay Brexit.
With negotiations deadlocked in Brussels and the clock running down, the PM told the Commons no deal would only happen with ‘explicit consent’ and it will get a chance to extend Article 50 within a fortnight.
The climbdown came as Mrs May scrambles to avert mass resignations by ministers who have been vowing to rule out no deal in crunch votes tomorrow.
She tried to soothe angry Eurosceptics by insisting that a delay could only be a ‘one-off’ and was not something she wanted to do. She stressed she will never cancel the Brexit process altogether, arguing that the UK could make a ‘success’ of no deal if it has to.
But the concession leaves Tory hardliners with a stark choice of either backing Mrs May’s plan in the next showdown, which will happen by March 12, or accepting an almost inevitable delay to the UK’s departure.
Under the new timetable, a vote effectively ruling out no deal would then be staged on March 13, and a vote on an extension the following day.