May Lures UK Parliament with 2nd Referendum Vote if They Pass Brexit Deal with EU
The UK leader is throwing everything she has in the struggle to convince the British MPs to pass her thrice rejected Brexit deal.
In a last-ditch effort to convince the British MPs to back her Brexit deal with the EU, UK Prime Minister Theresa May has promised them a vote on holding a second Brexit referendum.
May is still hoping to get the deal passed – even though it has been rejected by the House of Commons three times already – and thus realize Brexit before the summer.
Earlier this month, she agreed to set a timetable for her resignation and the election of a successor as leader of the Conservative Party, while her cross-party talks with the opposition Labor Party to secure support for the Brexit deal were faltering.
May has been ruling out the possibility of the UK holding a second referendum on Brexit, or at least a referendum on the Brexit deal that she negotiated with the European Union.
In her push to convince the British MPs to back the deal during what will be the last vote on it, however, the referendum promise was one of the “carrots” she proposed in a nationally televised address on Tuesday.
Another sweetener she also put forth was having a temporary customs union with the EU.
The Labor Party has been demanding both a permanent customs union between the UK and the Union, and giving Parliament a vote on whether to hold another Brexit referendum.
However, many of the MPs from May’s own Conservative Party oppose such options.
May spelled out a total of 10 incentives to be included in a new Brexit deal bill that will be voted upon in early June.
Another of the incentives includes a commitment “to stay aligned with Northern Ireland”, should no permanent trade deal with the EU be agreed by the end of 2020, a promise designed to guarantee the support of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party, a partner in the ruling coalition.
“I recognize the genuine and sincere strength of feeling across the House on this important issue,” she said of a second Brexit vote, as cited by AFP and France24.
“The government will therefore include in the Withdrawal Agreement Bill at introduction a requirement to vote on whether to hold a second referendum,” she said.
“This must take place before the Withdrawal Agreement can be ratified,” the British Prime Minister emphasized.
Her proposals were this parliament’s “last chance” to end a political deadlock over Brexit, May argued.
“Today I am making a serious offer to MPs across parliament – a new Brexit deal,” May stated.
“The majority of MPs say they want to deliver the result of the referendum. So I think we need to help them find a way. And I believe there is now one last chance to do that,” she warned.
“We are making a new offer to find common ground in parliament,” the British leader said.
(Banner image: Video grab from Theresa May on Twitter)