Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Is the United Kingdom facing new elections after no confidence call? Euronews Answers

Is the United Kingdom facing new elections after no confidence call? Euronews Answers

Prime Minister Theresa May said Monday that the postponed vote in Parliament on Britain's Brexit agreement with the European Union will be held the week of January 14 - more than a month after it was originally scheduled and just 10 weeks before Britain leaves the EU.

The prime minister's Brexit "divorce" deal is so unpopular she canceled last week's parliamentary vote and now is aiming to bring it up the week of January 14, in hopes that legislators will have had a change of heart over the holidays.

The opposition Labour Party, meanwhile, faced refusal over its request for a no-confidence motion in Mrs May and growing pressure to table a binding vote against the government.

Additionally is not the same as a formal no confidence vote, which would trigger a general election 14 days after being defeated.

British Defense Secretary says around 3,500 troops will be on standby in support of the government to help deal with any disruptions in the event of a "no-deal" Brexit.

Brussels hopes it will not have to activate its plan if Prime Minister Theresa May persuades a sceptical British parliament to endorse a broad withdrawal deal she struck with European leaders last month.

Corbyn said in his point of order in the Commons: "It's very clear that it's bad, unacceptable that we should be waiting nearly a month before we have a meaningful vote on the crucial issue facing the future of this country".

A House of Commons spokesman said: "By established convention the Government always accedes to the demand from the Leader of the Opposition to allot a day for the discussion of a motion tabled by the official Opposition which, in the Government's view, would have the effect of testing the confidence of the House".

Some Brexiteers think a no-deal departure could be managed to ease the economic shock, while pro-EU lawmakers say no-deal Brexit must be avoided at all costs.

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Ms Rudd has previously suggested a Norway-plus model soft Brexit could be plausible if MPs were asked to back an alternative to Mrs May's deal.

But remarkably, a similarly narrow majority of 51% also agree with the prime minister's argument that holding another Brexit referendum would break faith with the British people - 42% think it would not, while 7% are unsure.

The Daily Express says Mrs May will warn that a second vote would plunge the country into fresh division, while the Independent reports that she will insist it would do "irreparable damage to the integrity of our politics".

And International Trade Secretary Liam Fox indicated he could support MPs being given a free vote on Brexit options.

Downing Street said talks by officials were continuing "at all levels" to seek further clarification and assurances on the terms of the existing deal - and particularly the nature of the proposed backstop - as agreed at the European Council last week.

The EU's executive will publish on Wednesday the legal measures it's putting in place to prepare for the increasingly likely possibility of the United Kingdom crashing out without a deal next March.

If Parliament fails to approve the text of her deal, Britain could crash out of the European Union with no deal - a prospect that experts warn could lead to serious trade disruption and trigger a financial crisis.

Theresa May will urge leaders from the devolved administrations to "pull together" to back her Brexit deal in a Downing Street meeting on Wednesday. Yes, the Cabinet wants to make sure we leave the European Union with a good deal, and that is this deal.

Labour said it was clearly a confidence motion and should be allocated time for debate by the Government.

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