Theresa May, the British Prime Minister, has confirmed that her Brexit deal will finally be voted on by the MPs in the week starting January 14.
Taking in the Commons on Monday afternoon, May revealed that the do-or-die date for her EU withdrawal agreement, having cancelled vote last week amidst a huge defeat by her own party.
The announcement enraged many MPs. They believe that pushing the vote into the new year will leave them with the choice of the plan of Mayor a no deal.
Some believe that the negotiations should be reopened with the European Union, however, PM May reiterated that her agreement – including the much-derided UK-wide customs union backstop plan – was the only deal that is offered from Brussels.
May described claims as a better agreement that could be struck as “fiction.”
She added: “When we have the vote, Members will need to reflect carefully on what is in the best interests of our country.”
She continued: “I know that there is a range of very strongly held personal views on this issue across the House. And I respect all of them.
“But expressing our personal views is not what we are here to do. We asked the British people to take this decision.”
She noted: “I know this is not everyone’s perfect deal. It is a compromise. But if we let the perfect be the enemy of the good then we risk leaving the EU with no deal.”
PM May spent the end of the previous week in Brussels attempting to secure assurances that the backstop would only be temporary if ever it was ever enacted.
The leaders of the European Union repeatedly refused to reopen the withdrawal agreement, however, May sought to reassure the MPs that their concerns had been listened to.
She stated: “My fellow EU leaders could not have been clearer – they do not want to use this backstop. They want to agree the best possible future relationship with us. There is no plot to keep us in the backstop.”
She continued: “As formal conclusions from a European Council, these commitments have legal status and should be welcomed.”
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, used his response to claim that the cabinet of PM May was divided on how to continue with getting parliamentary support for her deal, and called on the Prime Minister to bring the vote forward to allow an alternative path to be planned.
He stated: “The deal is unchanged and not going to change. This House must get on with the vote and move on to consider the realistic alternatives – there can be no logical reason for this delay.”
It had been anticipated that Corbyn was going to urge for a symbolic vote of no confidence in the premiership of May, however, he pulled back from making the demand after confirmation of the date of the vote.