Brexit vote will be held before January 21, Downing Street says 2 years ago

Brexit vote will be held before January 21, Downing Street says

Happy New Year

Parliament's meaningful vote on Brexit could be delayed as far into the New Year as January 21, Downing Street confirmed today.

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Prime Minister Theresa May pulled the vote from the House of Commons on Monday as more than 100 of her own Tory MPs said they would vote against her draft agreement for exiting the European Union.

Downing Street said May would bring her deal back to parliament "before January 21."

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM - NOVEMBER 25: President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (L) and European Council President Donald Tusk arrive to speak at a press conference after attending a special session of the European Council over Brexit on November 25, 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. The EU representatives briefed the media after leaders of the 27 remaining member states of the European Union met and approved the United Kingdom's withdrawal agreement for leaving the European Union and the political declaration that will set the course for the U.K.'s relationship with the E.U. once Brexit is complete. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk (Credit: Sean Gallup)

Her government had been insistent that parliament would receive a "meaningful vote" on the proposed exit deal. It now looks like that may happen in the New Year, as the prime minister rushes to Brussels to try and secure extra concessions from the EU leadership, particularly in relation to the Irish back stop.

But today president of the EU Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said there was "no room whatsoever for renegotiation" of the deal.

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If the government runs up to the deadline of January 21 to offer parliament a vote, it will leave just 67 days until the UK leaves the EU on March 29 2019 - the deadline put in place by triggering Article 50.

On Tuesday Theresa May convened cabinet for a meeting that will include discussions of no-deal preparations.

President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said the EU would hold similar discussions. Reiterating that the draft agreement was not up for renegotiation, he said he had called a Council meeting on Thursday on the matter and that they "will also discuss preparedness for a no-deal scenario."

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Don't worry though, Britain's parliament remains totally normal and calm.

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