Speaking to the Commons today, the Prime Minister appealed to MPs for more time to continue her negotiations with Brussels over her Withdrawal Agreement. Mrs. May acknowledged that European Union negotiators had already denied reopening the Withdrawal Agreement negotiations, but said the British negotiators had informed the EU that the only way it will be passed through Parliament is if legally-binding changes can be offered.
That doesn’t necessarily mean the Prime Minister is looking for changes to the Withdrawal Agreement, but signifies she still intends to find some other way of obtaining a legally-binding promise from the EU.
Leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn accused May of “running down the clock” in an attempt to blackmail MPs, to which May responded:
“I wanted this sorted before Christmas!”
MPs erupted when the Prime Minister seemed to suggest that those who didn’t vote for the deal were the ones holding up Brexit. Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer responded:
“Unbelievable. Do we really have to remind the Prime Minister that she was the one who cancelled the vote before Christmas?”
The only thing May could offer was a promise of a meaningful vote on the changes she will ultimately secure to the backstop clause, but didn’t provide a time frame. She did promise to update the house on February 26th, and offer non-binding votes if she had not obtained a new deal by then.
Meanwhile, rumours suggest that the Prime Minister might actually be considering leaving the European Union without a deal. After years of trying to betray the vote we cast in 2016, the Prime Minister might be forced to leave the EU after failing to negotiate a deal. In a piece for the Huffington Post, Paul Waugh wrote that internal party polling, along with warnings from her Party Chairman and Chief Whip, have forced her to “think the unthinkable.”
In a tweet, he also suggested that the Prime Minister is now “seriously contemplating a No Deal Brexit.”