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Theresa May Heads To Strasbourg To Meet EU Leader Ahead of Tuesday’s BREXIT Vote

Theresa May Heads To Strasbourg To Meet EU Leader Ahead of Tuesday’s BREXIT Vote

With the March 29 deadline looming, Tuesday’s vote is, according to the BBC, “the big one”

Last month, Mary wrote that British Prime Minister Theresa May Will Give Parliament a Chance to Delay Brexit if They Reject Withdrawal Plan.  The withdrawal plan comes up for a vote on Tuesday, March 12, and May has traveled to Strasbourg to meet with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

The UK is scheduled to leave the EU on March 29 on this year.

There are conflicting reports about whether or not Tuesday’s vote will take place or, if it does go ahead, whether or not it will be conditional or provisional.

Politico reports:

A House of Commons vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal will go ahead as planned, the prime minister’s spokesman said, but declined to rule out that it could be a conditional or provisional vote.

May pledged that MPs would have a second chance to vote on her Brexit deal on March 12, with votes on whether to leave without a deal or to delay Brexit to follow later this week if the deal is voted down.

But speculation mounted Monday that May would seek to avoid a straight vote on her deal and instead ask MPs to vote for a deal on the condition that changes the U.K. is seeking to the agreement are accepted by the EU.

Asked whether the vote would be conditional, May’s spokesman said only that the relevant motion would be put forward in the House of Commons later on Monday and would deliver clarity.

The House of Commons would also have an “update” later today, the spokesman said, though it is not clear what form this will take. Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay is due to appear before a House of Commons committee at 4 p.m. U.K. time, but officials suggested this could be moved if he is required to give a statement in the House of Commons chamber.

If May loses the vote on Tuesday, Politico continues, “it is still May’s intention to give an emergency business statement setting out plans for a vote on no deal later this week, followed by a vote on extending Article 50 if that course of action is rejected.”

Having spoken on the phone with Germany’s Angela Merkel and with Juncker late Sunday night, May flew to Strasbourg to meet with Juncker in person on Monday.

The BBC reports:

Theresa May is heading to Strasbourg for last-ditch talks with senior EU officials aimed at winning MPs’ backing for her Brexit deal.

She will meet European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker on the eve of the second vote on her deal.

The BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg said the trip did not guarantee there is a new deal to be signed by both sides.

But she said sources told her they believe direct talks are the right way to progress at this critical moment.

In a separate article, the BBC summarizes the stakes of Tuesday’s vote:

This is the big one.

If MPs vote the deal down, one of two things is likely to happen.

The UK will either leave the EU on 29 March without a withdrawal agreement – or that departure date will be delayed.

If they back the deal, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March but things will stay broadly as they are until December 2020, while the two sides thrash out a permanent trade deal.

We will update this developing story as we learn more.


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All show I’ll bet. The EU will not let a colony go willingly.

She’s looking for a way to delay the Brexit without looking like he wants to stay

Pass them some newspaper articles from around 1776 that will show them how to break away from a foreign power. Oh… don’t wear red coats.

Subotai Bahadur | March 11, 2019 at 6:05 pm

The problem there is that BOTH major parties do not want to leave the EU, and have contempt for the British version of Deplorables that actually voted to leave. They are conspiring with the EU to overturn that vote.

In any case, if they delay it long enough, they will be part of the Caliphate.

Subotai Bahadur

“Theresa May Heads to Strasbourg”

Lets correct that a bit,

“Theresa May Heads to More Humiliation”

This is the longest divorce in the history of the world. I’m beginning to think the political class in Britain is still in love with the EU bureaucrats.

When some pencil neck bureaucrat in Brussels tells some 5th generation fisherman in England how many and what kind of fish he may catch, they need to be told to mind their own sprouts.

    Milhouse in reply to Anchovy. | March 11, 2019 at 8:14 pm


    But it makes little difference to the fisherman whether the pencil-necked bureaucrat giving him his orders is in Brussels, London, or Edinburgh.

      But he might like to have more control over his own life and business and not take orders from any central authority.

      Just a thought. You know, the kind of crazy individual-over-government thought we used to hold dear in this country. 😛

        snopercod in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 11, 2019 at 8:28 pm

        “used to”…sad.

        Milhouse in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | March 11, 2019 at 11:02 pm

        That’s precisely my point. He might like that but Brexit isn’t going to give him that. To him Brexit isn’t likely to make any significant difference, at least in this respect.

          Edward in reply to Milhouse. | March 12, 2019 at 12:24 am

          Brexit isn’t likely to eliminate pencil-necked bureaucrats issuing regulations. But from what I’ve read (admittedly more about what farmers can produce and greengrocers sell than fish), the Brussels bureaucrats are particularly a PITA with stupid regulations (e.g. things along the line of the shape of cucumbers which could be sold).

    snopercod in reply to Anchovy. | March 11, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    “they need to be told to mind their own sprouts.” …as in Sod Off, Swampy!

“sources say this does not mean there is definitely a deal” Oh sure. Like we believe she hasn’t been bought off.

If they back the deal, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March but things will stay broadly as they are until December 2020, while the two sides thrash out a permanent trade deal.

And right there is a major problem with the EU as conceived. When kicking a can down the road, in the UK they have to kick it down the opposite side than the Belgians, French or Germans.

Everybody knows May plans to sabotage this. The only question left is how.

buckeyeminuteman | March 11, 2019 at 11:01 pm

She’s going to arrive back in Britain after the meeting with an umbrella in her elbow saying, “I have secured peace in our time”.

The Government and the media have made the idea of a no deal so toxic and untenable that it has removed the UK’s only real leverage over the EU from the table.

And that is the whole crux of the issue…why would the EU waste its time negotiating in good faith when it knows all it has to do is to sit on its backside and let the UK consume itself and eventually beg to be let to stay in (but of course you can stay in BUT you are going to be paying more for the privilege of staying in).