The House of Commons will vote on the Brexit agreement of Theresa May in the week of January 14, the British Prime Minister announced on Monday. Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn of Labor therefore decided to submit a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister.
On Tuesday, May issued a vote on the agreement in principle, because the prime minister would not have enough votes to get the deal through the British House of Commons.
Stumbling block in May’s deal is the so-called ‘backstop’ scheme. This becomes effective if no agreement is reached between the European Union and the United Kingdom during the transition period. In this case, the United Kingdom remains largely in the customs union with the European Union, in order to prevent a conventional national border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.
Many party members of the British Prime Minister are opposed to this arrangement, because the British can only step out of the ‘backstop’ if the European Union agrees. At last week’s EU summit, May wanted EU leaders to ensure that the British would not stay in the backstop forever.
The British Prime Minister reiterated in the House of Commons that the scheme is “not a conspiracy against the United Kingdom”.
The largest opposition party Labor has submitted a vote of no confidence against the British prime minister following the vote in January, because the vote will not be held before Christmas. Such a motion against the Prime Minister is not binding, it would only be binding if it were directed against the government.
The no-confidence motion against May is therefore intended to put pressure on the British prime minister. Tomorrow, the motion will be voted on in the House of Commons.
Jeremy Corbyn, Labor leader, said a responsible prime minister would have held the vote this week. “This is a constitutional crisis and the prime minister is the architect,” Corbyn said in the House of Commons.
May once again said in the British House of Commons to be against a second referendum on the Brexit. According to the prime minister, such a referendum would “cause irreparable damage to confidence in British politics” and not solve the problem. The country would also be further divided if the discussion about the exit from the European Union had to be re-conducted.
On Sunday, May reacted indignantly to statements by former prime minister Tony Blair, who wants a second Brexit referendum. The current Prime Minister called his words “an insult to the office he once held” and said that MPs can not escape their responsibility by holding a new referendum.