Does it always have to be May’s way or the highway? Britain’s economy lies in the balance.
In a significant development, Britain’s opposition party leader Jeremy Corbyn has moved a step closer to paving the way for a second referendum by trying to use the parliament to grab control of Brexit from Prime Minister Theresa May.
With March 29 fast approaching, the UK is in its deepest political crisis in half a century as it grapples with how or whether it should follow through with the first Brexit referendum.
Following a 432-202 rejection of May’s Brexit deal by British lawmakers in parliament last week, some lawmakers are trying to gain control over Brexit from May’s weakened minority government.
In a bid to win over rebel Conservative lawmakers, on Monday, May had proposed tweaking the deal; Labour responded to that saying May was in denial regarding the crushing defeat.
Labour has put forward an amendment which seeks to force the government to give parliament time to consider and vote on options to prevent a ‘no deal’ exit; May has however ruled out this course of action.
Among the options that Labour has proposed, which includes a permanent customs union with the EU and “a public vote on a deal”, both have been ruled out by May.
The British parliament, which can trace back its roots through 1,000 years of history, now faces the prospects of a disorderly Brexit without a deal in place. To boot, May’s government has no more a clear majority.
Lawmakers are set to debate and vote on the next steps on January 29.