- The PM hopes the MPs will rise to the occasion
- The Brexit withdrawal bill has failed three times before
- Attempts towards a cross-party agreement have so far failed
Beleaguered British Prime Minister has told Tory MPs they have a duty to ensure the Brexit vote is delivered by voting for the withdrawal bill in the House of Commons. The bill required to implement the PM’s Brexit deal will be considered during the first week of June.
Obligation to Deliver
According to the BBC, Theresa May said on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, she was convinced the MPs would recognize they are obliged to deliver the result of the Brexit referendum and vote for her deal. The Prime Minister was responding to a question on whether she would resign if the bill, which has been rejected a record three times is rejected again. The PM’s bill seeks a divorce from the European Union when it comes to parliament next month. The PM stated:
“When MPs come to vote on this legislation, I am sure they will be thinking of the duty that we have to deliver on Brexit […] this is the bill that is going to deliver Brexit to the public she said. Parliament has rejected the divorce deal three times.”
Make or Break
The Brexit withdrawal agreement bill will be a make or break for the embattled Prime Minister and her future at 10, Downing Street, with a member of her cabinet saying defeat will also kill off the deal entirely. The vote will be undertaken during the week beginning June 3 even as talks with labor continue in the meantime.
May undertakes a tense meeting this Thursday morning with the 1922 Committee executive, the board that represents backbench Tory MPs who have demanded she gives a clear timetable for her exit regardless of what the outcome of the bill will be.
According to sources close to the executive, having a set date for the bill doesn’t satisfy the demand from the 1922 Committee whose most bellicose members want a radical redrafting of the party rules to ensure the Prime Minister vacates the office.
Attempts to find a cross-party compromise that began after Theresa May’s Brexit deal negotiated with the European Union rejected three times have so far not borne fruit with Jeremy Corbyn’s spokesman saying the Labour party would not support the bill in the absence of a cross-party agreement.
Sources close to the government told the BBC this would be the last attempt to get a deal should MPs reject a fourth time. The Withdrawal Agreement Bill takes place when MPs return from half-term recess and hopes to bring the withdrawal agreement into UK law.