It’s going to be the biggest House of Commons vote in decades – and could throw Brexit into chaos and end Theresa May’s career
The vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal will happen on January 15, Downing Street has confirmed.
It sets the date in stone – for the second time – of a showdown that could hurl the UK into chaos and end the Prime Minister’s career
MPs will vote on the 585-page deal next Tuesday in the evening, probably around 7pm, in the House of Commons.
It is the second time the date has been set. It’s already been postponed by a month from December 11 after it faced defeat.
Theresa May confirmed the new date today at a Cabinet meeting that featured a bizarre joke about Scarlett Johansson.
Yet she looks no closer to victory.
The vote had to be delayed by more than a month after more than 100 Tories indicated they would vote against the Brexit deal.
Mrs May went back to the EU to try and get new concessions on a ‘backstop’ clause, which could trap the UK in EU customs rules indefinitely after 2020.
But EU chiefs said the deal would not be renegotiated and Tories and the DUP who oppose the deal have warned they are not changing their minds.
Today Tory Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg suggested opposition to the deal had got even firmer over the Christmas break.
At today’s Cabinet meeting, pro-EU Cabinet ministers insisted Theresa May’s deal – which would ensure co-operation doesn’t suddenly end and trade tariffs begin on March 29 – was the best possible.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove suggested that MPs pushing for a better deal were “like mid-50s swingers waiting for Scarlett Johansson to turn up”.
Welfare Secretary Amber Rudd added: “Or Pierce Brosnan.”
Justice Secretary David Gauke claimed Labour’s position was like “waiting for Scarlett….. on a unicorn”.