WorldU.K.’s Theresa May to Put Brexit Plan Up for Fourth Vote, Set Terms for Her Departure
Brexit rebels tell Theresa May: Your EU divorce deal is dead
Brexit-supporting rebels in British Prime Minister Theresa May's party said on Wednesday they would vote down her European Union divorce deal when she brings it back to parliament early next month. Brexit had been due to take place on March 29 but lawmakers rejected the withdrawal agreement that May struck with Brussels three times. The United Kingdom is now scheduled to leave the EU by Oct. 31. May will bring a Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which implements the departure terms, in the week beginning June 3 - the same date that U.S. President Donald Trump begins a state visit to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth.
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May will decide on a timetable for her departure in early June as part of a fourth attempt to get approval for her plan governing the country's departure from the European Union.
May's proposal has been voted down three times, prompting Brexit to be postponed from March to October. The prime minister said before the third vote on the plan that she would step down if it was approved, but lawmakers still rejected it. She has maintained that she will resign once a divorce deal is passed.
May and her government have been in talks with the opposition Labour Party for over a month trying to find consensus on the U.K.'s future relationship with the EU but have so far been unable to agree on a plan. May will reportedly try to push her plan through Parliament once again in early June.
UK leader under pressure as rivals push for the end of May
British Prime Minister Theresa May is facing an uncomfortable meeting with Conservative Party lawmakers who are demanding she quit within weeks.Executive members of a committee that oversees party leadership contests are meeting May Wednesday. Committee member Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said members wanted May to "set out a timetable to trigger a leadership contest." Pro-Brexit lawmakers are furious that Britain has not yet left the European Union, almost three years after voters backed Brexit in a referendum. Many blame May for the impasse. May argues that she struck a divorce deal with the EU, but it has been rejected by Parliament three times.
Lawmakers in May's Conservative government want her to outline a timetable for her resignation in the case that the plan is not approved – an outcome that appears likely as of now.
"We have agreed that she and I will meet following the second reading of the bill to agree a timetable for the election of a new leader," said Graham Brady, chairman of the 1922 Committee, a group of Conservative lawmakers that plays a determinative role in deciding party leadership. Brady added that the conversation will happen no matter the outcome of the vote,to Reuters.
May's planned departure has already kicked off an anticipatory fight for the leadership spot. Borris Johnson, who helped lead the campaign for Brexit,he would stand as a candidate to replace May.
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