United Kingdom parliament will vote on Brexit legislation week of June 3 -Barclay

Larry Hoffman
May 16, 2019

Theresa May will attempt to force her Brexit deal through parliament for the fourth time of asking next month - despite not yet reaching an agreement with Labour.

May will bring a Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB), which implements the departure terms, to parliament for a vote in the week beginning June 3, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay said, just as U.S. President Donald Trump begins a divisive state visit to Britain.

A handout photograph taken and released by the UK Parliament on 3 April 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) question and answer session in the House of Commons in London.

With Theresa May's future linked to the passage of a Brexit deal, getting legislation through the Commons and Lords by the summer break could also pave the way for her departure from Number 10.

A total of 34% believed the Green Party's position was clear, and just 31% recognised Change UK's position on Brexit.

"When MPs come to look at that (bill), they will recognise that we have a duty in parliament to deliver on the result of the referendum and deliver Brexit", she said.

Also the PM could well take the bold step of running a "definitive votes" process as soon as next week to find a cross-party consensus on the UK's future relationship with the EU.

May's spokesman declined to say on Wednesday whether the prime minister would resign if she failed again to win parliamentary support for her Brexit deal.

"Tomorrow talks will continue at an official level as we seek the stable majority in Parliament that will ensure the safe passage of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill and the UK's swift exit from the European Union".

Mrs May and her effective deputy David Lidington - who has been leading the negotiations with Labour - led the Cabinet discussions, but other ministers involved in the talks contributed.

"The Prime Minister's team agreed to bring back documentation and further proposals tomorrow".

On Tuesday, 13 former Conservative Cabinet members as well as Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee of Conservative lawmakers, wrote to May urging her not to agree to Labour's demand for a post-Brexit customs union with the EU.

Its deputy leader, Nigel Dodds, said: "Unless she can demonstrate something new that addresses the problem of the backstop then it is highly likely her deal will go down to defeat once again".

Dominic Raab, the UK's Brexit secretary, who was nominally the chief British negotiator for the deal now on the table said on Thursday: " I can not in good conscience support the terms proposed for our deal with the European Union".

The announcement that the EU Withdrawal Bill is to return to the House of Commons, has probably put paid to any drastic moves to remove May before the beginning of June.

Corbyn "set out the shadow cabinet's concerns about the prime minister's ability to deliver on any compromise agreement", a spokesperson said.

All recent polling points to victory for Nigel Farage's Brexit Party which has eaten into support for the Conservatives and his former party UKIP.

I accept of course we're in deep trouble and deep difficulty.

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