- Despite the rejection of the Prime Minister’s most recent deal, members of parliament backed the idea of a deadline extension
- Chancellor Philip Hammond has stated that support from the DUP could help the Brexit deal
- The Prime minister has asked for compromise regarding the issue of Brexit
On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, the House of Commons in the UK once again struck down a deal brought forward by Prime Minister Theresa May regarding an arrangement for Brexit.
Now, comments from Chancellor Philip Hammond show that there might be some hope for a Brexit deal, but it is still in murky waters.
Ever since the controversial vote in 2016, Brexit has been a constant topic in the news and a consistent source of conflict among both the general public and members of parliament.
The deal that was rejected on March 13 was the second time that a Brexit deal was rejected and this time, by 149 votes. Despite its rejection, member of parliament also voted against the idea of leaving the EU without a deal, which creates a state of limbo despite the looming March 29 deadline.
They did, however, support a June 30 extension if May can muster the needed support before March 20.
Now, Philip Hammond has told the BBC that there is a chance of getting a deal approved but that Theresa May would need the support of the DUP and enough of their colleagues. Even this, however, won’t help with the March 29 deadline and Hammond has also stated that it is now physically impossible to meet the deadline and instead, a short extension would be needed.
Not everyone is on board with the idea as shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said that the Prime Minister would destroy all confidence in the British political system is she would give the DUP “another bung”.
For an extension to take place, however, all 27 EU member states would need to approve and the topic is expected to be brought up at a Summit on March 20, 209.
One For the Team
The Prime Minister herself has appealed to members of parliament to come to some sort of compromise with regards the Brexit deal and in the Sunday Times, she warned that a lack of support would mean that “we will not leave the EU for many months, if ever.”
While an extension of the deadline and compromise are being put on the table, it does seem like some level of fatigue has set in, particularly for the Prime Minister’s camp who have tried again and again to get a deal to go through.
This week will be particularly crucial as support will be sought for another deal, according to Hammond.
“If the prime minister’s deal is able to muster a majority this week and get through, then we will need a short extension.”