London: MPs may not be given a vote on a revised version of Theresa May’s Brexit deal this month, a minister has said, reports BBC.
James Brokenshire said there might be another series of non-binding votes on possible Brexit alternatives instead.The prime minister has to get an agreement with the EU passed by MPs by 29 March to avoid a no-deal Brexit. She will ask MPs for more time to get changes to the deal in talks with Brussels - but Labour has accused her of “cynically” running down the clock.
Labour is proposing its own Brexit plan, which would involve the UK staying in a customs union with the EU, which they say could get the backing of a majority of MPs.
The government has not ruled out supporting this - and has promised a formal response to it and further talks with Labour - but they say it would prevent the UK from making its own trade deals after Brexit.
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 Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary, Sir Keir Starmer, says he believes the prime minister is “pretending to make progress” on this issue. He says what she actually intends to do is return to Parliament after the 21/22 March European Council summit the week before Brexit and offer MPs a “binary choice” - her deal or no deal.