Theresa May to address Parliament on Brexit amid reports key vote will be postponed

Earlier on Monday, a spokesperson for May claimed that the vote would be going ahead as planned. Minutes later, Bloomberg and the Telegraph claimed that sources had revealed that the vote would now be delayed.

READ MORE: Javid circling May, ready to launch leadership bid if PM’s ‘s*** Brexit deal’ is defeated – reports

Unnamed sources referenced by Sky News and the BBC’s political editor, among others, said that the vote had been called off.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has slammed May for canceling the crucial vote, claiming the PM has had to delay her own government’s vote because her Brexit deal is “disastrous.”

While SNP leader, Nicola Sturgeon, tweeted: “if rumours of a delay are correct, it will be pathetic cowardice…”

The alleged U-turn has led to accusations that the government is in ‘chaos’.

The House of Commons vote, which would approve or reject the terms of the UK exit from EU, was due to be held on Tuesday evening. It is reportedly now set to be rescheduled, despite the government’s previous statements saying that it will go ahead.

Brexiteer and Environment Secretary Michael Gove had told the BBC this morning that the vote was definitely going ahead. The apparent change of strategy has led to MPs and journalists condemning the ‘chaos’ of May’s government. 

May is set to address the Commons at 3:30pm, after which MPs will hear a statement from Leader of House Andrea Leadsom, who may formally pull the vote.

The PM was facing near certain defeat on the historic bill. More than 100 Tory backbenchers signaled they would vote against her, along with her Northern Irish allies, the DUP and Labour.

READ MORE: ‘It’s mine, my own, my Brexit!’: Gollum actor reprises role to deride Theresa May (VIDEO)

If May lost the vote she could have been ousted as leader, with her multiple cabinet ministers refusing to rule out a leadership challenge over the weekend.

In the wake of reports that the Brexit vote had been called off, sterling fell 0.4 percent against the US dollar to $1.26, the Press Association reports. Against the euro, the pound was down 0.6 percent at €1.10.

Like this story? Share it with a friend!

Subscribe to RT newsletter to get stories the mainstream media won’t tell you.

Leave a comment