The Prime Minister has delayed the final vote on her Brexit deal after continued opposition from Tory rebels.
MPs were due to vote on May’s unpopular Brexit plan tomorrow but after strong opposition, from all corners of the Commons, including up to 100 Tory MPs, May has been forced to postpone. The Prime Minister is due to give an oral statement to the House of Commons on Brexit developments at 3:30PM, followed immediately by a statement from the leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom.
Rumours had been circulated that May could postpone the vote, but several cabinet ministers denied this and over the weekend number 10 confirmed a vote would take on Tuesday. Reports say the prime minister organised an impromptu phone conference with cabinet colleagues this morning, and finally concluded that she would not be able to push through a vote.
This is a huge blow to May as any delay gives her less time to ensure all legislation is implemented before the March deadline. Though, there has been some concern from MPs who do not believe the Prime Minister has the authority to delay a commons vote.
James Duddridge, MP for Southend and Rochford, said: “The PM does not get to pull a vote. The House will have to vote to pull a vote. I will oppose. We need to see this deal off once and for all.”