More votes promised as Labour says May running down the clock

Category : UK News
Updated On : February 11, 2019 09:34 AM
By Indian Times Daily

MPs will get another chance to vote on Brexit this month - even if Theresa May has not been able to negotiate a deal by then. Housing Secretary James Brokenshire admitted it might not be the final, decisive vote on the PM's deal Labour and some Tories are demanding. The prime minister needs to get a deal approved by Parliament by 29 March to avoid a no-deal Brexit. Labour has accused her of "cynically" running down the clock.

Instead of a "meaningful" vote on the prime minister's deal with the EU, MPs could be given another series of non-binding votes on possible Brexit alternatives by 27 February, with the final vote on whether to approve or reject the deal delayed until the following month.

On Wednesday, Mrs May will ask MPs for more time to get legally-binding changes to the controversial Northern Irish backstop, which she believes will be enough to secure a majority in Parliament for her deal. But the following day, Labour will attempt to force the government to hold the final, "meaningful vote" on Mrs May's Brexit deal by 26 February.

Mr Brokenshire refused to commit to this date in an interview with the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, saying there could be more votes on amendments to the proposed deal instead. "If the meaningful vote has not happened, so in other words things have not concluded, then Parliament would have that further opportunity by no later than 27 February," said Mr Brokenshire.

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