May Refuses To Delay Vote On Brexit Deal Despite Near-Certain Defeat

Despite losing an unprecedented Commons vote to hold her government in contempt earlier this week, UK Prime Minister Theresa May is standing by her position that her deal cannot be altered in any meaningful way - and that's a huge problem for everyone hoping to avert a 'no deal' Brexit.


After meeting with her cabinet on Thursday, May reportedly acknowledged that the deal might need to be amended to allow Parliament some kind of veto over whether to enter into the backstop - which would keep the UK inside the EU customs union after December 2020, when the Brexit transition period is expected to end. However, she is reportedly still insisting that the only options on the table are "no deal", "her deal" or "no Brexit".

However, BBC Political editor Laur Kuenssberg said the possibility that Parliament takes control of the process to try and find "another way through" is looking increasingly likely.

Since the bill, in its current form, appears to be headed for almost certain defeat. In recognition of this unavoidable fact, conservative leaders on Thursday reportedly said they would "welcome" a delay of the planned Dec. 11 vote to stave off a massive defeat that could bring down May's government. But even though the odds remain heavily stacked against her (100 Tory MPs have said they would vote against her deal, and that was before the release of AG Geoffrey Cox's legal advice, which confirmed many Brexiteers' worst fears about May's deal), No. 10 Downing Street asserted on Thursday that the vote would proceed as planned, according to Reuters.

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