News: Theresa May is holding a fourth vote on her Brexit deal – and here’s why

News: Theresa May is holding a fourth vote on her Brexit deal – and here’s why

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A fourth meaningful vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal has been scheduled in the House of Commons for the week beginning June 3.

MPs will get yet another chance to vote on her EU withdrawal agreement after rejecting it three times.

The prime minister told Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn that she will be putting a Brexit deal to parliament next month whether or not a cross party agreement has been reached, reports Perspecs.

Announcing the vote puts an effective end date on the cross party talks between the government and the opposition, with little progress having been made.

But why is May choosing to hold another vote on a deal that has already been defeated three times in the Commons?

The Claim

The Times reports the prime minister decided to hold another vote after a three hour meeting with her cabinet, where it was agreed that the government had no other options left.

Under pressure to name a departure date, holding one last vote on the Brexit deal looks like a final throw of the dice for a prime minister backed into a corner.

Cross party talks with Labour are in their seventh week without resolution and it is looking increasingly unlikely an agreement will be reached. She’s tried reaching an accord with her party and she’s tried striking a deal with the opposition – there is little else May can do besides bring her deal back one last time.

Downing Street said a fourth successive defeat for the prime minister would lead to either a no deal Brexit or a revocation of Article 50, as they do not believe the EU will grant another delay beyond October 31.

May will be hoping to scare soft Brexit supporting Tories with the prospect of leaving with no deal, and hard Brexit Tories with the potential for no Brexit at all.

The Counter Claim

Calling another meaningful vote gives May some breathing space from backbenchers who want to change party rules and remove her from power as soon as possible.

A number of Tory MPs are conducting not-so-subtle leadership campaigns while others are demanding she sets a date for her resignation that is not tied to passing a Brexit deal.

Bowing to those demands without a clear direction on Brexit runs the risk of making her a lame duck prime minister with no ability to push for any sort of deal.

Theresa May addressed MPs after her Brexit deal defeat
(Image: UK Parliament/ Mark Duffy)

Calling the vote now means May can set the agenda for the next few weeks, instead of being pushed around by her party and stuck waiting for the increasingly unlikely prospect that Labour will strike a deal.

The fourth meaningful vote buys the prime minister some time and gives the Conservatives something to focus on besides ousting May. This way she stays in the driving seat for another few weeks.

The Facts

Speaker of the House John Bercow previously ruled that the prime minister couldn’t keep bringing back the same deal unless there were significant changes. Since May is bundling the withdrawal agreement and the legislation for Brexit into one bill the package parliament will vote on is different enough to qualify.

The three previous meaningful votes were defeated 202-432, 242-391 and 286-344. The first two votes are the first and fourth largest parliamentary defeats ever suffered by a government.

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The prime minister is predicted to lose heavily after Tory backbenchers and their confidence and supply partners the DUP quickly said they would oppose the bill. May will get little to no support from the parties on the other side of the Commons either without a confirmatory referendum – something she has refused to do.

It’s a numbers game in parliament and the prime minister has continued to lose the support of her own party, meaning she has little to no chance of winning. She has no majority and no allies riding to her rescue.

Parliament returns from recess on June 4, at which point they will vote on the prime minister’s deal.



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