Theresa May reveals she called off Brexit deal vote over rejection fears

Theresa May

Monday, December 10, 2018

The Prime Minister has announced that she called off Tuesday's Brexit deal vote because it "would be rejected by a significant margin".

Addressing the House of Commons, Theresa May said she did not want to "divide the House at this time", and said that a vote on the deal would be postponed.

Ms May said she thought the deal could still gain the support of MPs if their fears over the backstop were addressed, but claimed there was "no deal available" without a backstop clause.



The Prime Minister said she will now focus on reassuring MPs about the backstop, and would look closely at "empowering" the House of Commons to place obligations on the government "to ensure that the backstop cannot be in place indefinitely".

Throughout her statement, Ms May was met with jeers from across the House.

One SNP member shouted "No!" in response to the Prime Minister asking if the House wanted to deliver Brexit.

"A clear message from the SNP," Ms May replied.

The Prime Minister is due to travel to Brussels on Thursday for an EU Summit, and said she would be speaking with EU leaders ahead of her trip.