- The UK Parliament has voted to request another extension from the EU
- This comes after talks between the Prime Minister and Jeremy Corbyn
- The UK will likely have to participate in the European elections
Earlier this week, it was reported that British Prime Minister Theresa May had entered into talks with Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition party, to find some way to pull together a majority vote for a Brexit deal.
The reason for this is that the British Parliament had been divided for weeks and couldn’t seem to agree on a single course of action. Thrice, they rejected Brexit deals brought forward by the prime minister and showed no signs of breaking the gridlock even as the extended deadline for Brexit was approaching.
It was also reported that Theresa May intended to seek another extension from the European Union in order to settle all Brexit-related affairs.
Now, it seems parliament is in her side in that regard as it was reported on April 4, 2019, that a deal was passed in parliament to request another extension form the EU.
The motion that was passed was a slim one, with 313 votes to 312. The vote does show that despite their past differences, parliament and the prime minister agree that the UK cannot leave the EU without a proper deal, which is one of the major conditions of the motion.
The good thing about this is that it shows that some comprise can be reached, something that has been severely lacking in the last few months. Two ministers have even resigned from Theresa May’s cabinet in protest of her meetings with Corbyn. From all indications, however, the hardheaded methods of before do not seem to benefit either side and more comprise will be needed as negotiations continue.
For example, the extension will likely mean that the UK will have to participate in the European elections, which the prime minister has been opposed to.
May Under Fire
While the actions of the few days have yielded some progress, they have also made the prime minister the target of criticism from within her own party.
Chris Heaton-Harris, was a junior minister in the Department for the European Union, resigned along with another minister and stated that May refusing to cinder leaving without a deal left his job irrelevant.
Nigel Adams, the other minister who resigned, stated that May’s talks with Corbyn were a grave mistake.
“It is clear that we will now end up in the Customs Union. That is not the Brexit my constituents were promised, and it is contrary to the pledge we made in our manifesto,” Adams wrote.
May also faced a grueling question session from her party, much of which criticized her recent actions.
Conservative MP Julian Lewis asked:
“Why is a Conservative prime minister, who repeatedly told us that no deal is better than a bad deal, now approaching Labour MPs to blockade WTO Brexit when most Conservative MPs want us to leave the European Union with a clean break in nine days time?”