Brexit: PM says vote on her deal will ‘definitely’ go ahead

Theresa May has said the Commons vote on her Brexit deal will “definitely” go ahead next week as she vowed to redouble her efforts to win MPs round.

She said she would set out new measures on Northern Ireland and look at giving MPs more say in shaping negotiations over future trade relations.

Warning of “uncharted” territory if MPs rejected the deal, she declined to rule out holding more than one vote.

But one Tory Brexiteer said support for a no-deal exit was “hardening”.

And a poll carried out for the People’s Vote campaign suggests fewer than one in four voters support the prime minister’s Brexit deal.

The UK is due to leave the EU on 29 March 2019.

A deal on the terms of the UK’s divorce and the framework of future relations has been agreed between the prime minister and the EU – but it needs to pass a vote by MPs in Parliament before it is accepted.

MPs are expected to be asked to vote on it either the 14 or 15 of January.

The crunch vote was due to take place in December but was postponed at the last minute as Mrs May faced almost certain defeat amid opposition from many of her MPs, as well as Labour and other parties.

Asked by the BBC’s Andrew Marr if the vote would “definitely” go ahead in the second week of January, she replied “yes, we are going to hold the vote”.

She said she truly believed hers was a “good deal” for the country and that it was up to its opponents to spell out the alternatives to it.

Asked what had changed since last month, she said the EU had agreed to some “changes” and she was continuing to talk to European leaders as she tried and give MPs the “confidence” to support the deal.

She promised to give more detail in three areas in the coming days:

  • Specific measures for Northern Ireland
  • A greater role for Parliament in negotiations on the next stage of future UK-EU relations
  • Further assurances from the EU to address concerns over the Irish backstop

She said there were a “number of ways” of giving MPs more input in the next phase of the Brexit process, including allowing them a real say in shaping the “mandate for the negotiations for the future relationship”.

“The deal is on the table. We’ve got people who want to see their perfect Brexit. And I would say don’t let the search for the perfect be the enemy of the good. The danger there is that we end up with no Brexit at all.”

Asked whether she was prepared to stand down as PM and let someone else take over talks over the future relations, Mrs May – who survived a vote of no confidence last month – said the party had made it clear they wanted her to “deliver on Brexit and that is what I am working on doing”.

Source: BBC

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