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.
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’.
Third source tells us vote ‘definitely off’
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) December 10, 2018
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.
The contradictory briefing on whether or not the vote is going ahead is pretty extraordinary. It makes it look like even Downing Street no longer knows what Downing Street is doing.
— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) December 10, 2018
11.15: Downing Street insists vote is definitely “going ahead as planned” and they’re “confident” May will win it.
11.30 — Vote is pulled. https://t.co/bSIiWMHyPp
— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) December 10, 2018
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.
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.
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