In the latest Brexit news, Theresa May has called off Tuesday’s critical vote on her deal on grounds that it would be rejected. She claimed that many MPs supported most of the deal but there was a lot of dissent over the issue of the Northern Irish backstop – the measures in place to prevent the return of a physical border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
By deferring the Commons vote, Mrs May now intends to address concerns and appeal to the European Union over the backstop by speaking to EU leaders ahead of a summit being held later this week. She gave no indication as to when the vote will take place.
Tory backbench rebels had been planning on voting alongside Labour, the Scottish Nationalist Party, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and the DUP to vote down the deal.
Her statement to Parliament has been met critically across the board from Northern Ireland’s political leaders and business representatives. The Westminster leader of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), Nigel Dodds MP, questioned the credibility of the prime minister shortly after in his address to the Commons.
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