Theresa May has put forward three dates as part of the next stage before the Brexit deadline on March 29th, in a statement to the House of Commons today.
A vote will be held on March 12th to leave with a deal. If this vote is rejected by her government a second vote will be held the next day on whether the House would accept leaving the EU with a no-deal.
A third vote will go ahead should the British Parliament refuse to leave with a no-deal, on the 14th of March on whether the Brexit deal should be delayed.
“So the United Kingdom will only leave without a deal on 29 March if there is explicit consent in this House for that outcome,” May told the House.
May also stated that if Article 50 be delayed beyond the end of June then the UK would need to take part in EU elections, saying, “What kind of message would that send to the more than 17 million people who voted to leave the EU nearly three years ago now?”
May finished off her speech by stating that the UK would have to either leave the EU with a deal, leave the EU with no deal, or not leave the EU at all.
In the wake of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn supporting a second Brexit Referendum, May called out the opposition party for going against the will of the people, saying that a second referendum would be divisive and send the country back to square one.
While a no-deal is now very unlikely, May believes her Government could make one work. “I believe that, if we have to, we will ultimately make a success of a no deal,” May said.
Corbyn responded that Labour has a credible plan that could “Bring the country together, provide certainty and protect jobs and industry.”
The leader of the Labour party also claimed that The Tories want to weaken worker’s rights with this deal, saying what May promised on workers’ rights was “way short of dynamic alignment.”
Chair of the Home Affair’s Committee Yvette Cooper joined Corbyn in criticising May for promising votes to happen and then pulling them. May had promised votes for December, January and February, with only the January vote happening, which was comprehensively defeated.
Theresa May addressed Jeremy Corbyn’s announcement yesterday that The Labour Party would support a second referendum.
“He (Corbyn) has gone back on his promise to respect the referendum result and now wants to hold a divisive second referendum, that would take our country right back to square one.” the Prime Minister said.
The Journal took to the streets of Dublin and asked what they thought of a second Brexit referendum.
By Ian Brennan
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