Brexit: Stephen Barclay says PM's deal is 'dead' if bill fails

Brexit: Stephen Barclay says PM's deal is 'dead' if bill fails

Kerry Wise
May 16, 2019

The spokesman said that unless there was an agreement based on "real compromise and movement by the Government" then the WAB would be "based on the same botched Brexit deal that has been rejected three times already by Parliament".

Britain could then leave the European Union on 31 July.

Defeat in the vote would likely spell the end of May's divorce deal and probably her premiership.

He said: "I don't think the talks will go anywhere except to embarrass us and actually undermine her negotiating position with the Europeans".

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result, but it seems to have been the prime strategy for May, the beleaguered Tory leader.

A handout photograph taken and released by the UK Parliament on 3 April 2019 shows Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaking during the weekly Prime Minister's Questions (PMQs) question and answer session in the House of Commons in London.

Tories are anxious about The Brexit Party led by Nigel Farage, which is now polling way ahead of every other party in European election voting intentions.

Asked if she would resign if the bill was defeated, May told reporters she was sure Members of Parliament (MPs) would keep in mind to respect the referendum result.

"No leader can bind his or her successor so the deal would likely be at best temporary, at worst illusory", said the letter which was signed by Gavin Williamson, who was sacked as defense secretary earlier this month, and former foreign minister Boris Johnson.

"It is imperative we do so then if the United Kingdom is to leave the European Union before the summer parliamentary recess".

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What is the Withdrawal Agreement Bill?

Blunt's outspoken remarks about the future of his own party have been met with some distaste, with The Times reporting unnamed Conservative members of Parliament who said they would abandon the party if it took support from the Brexit Party in a future Parliament to deliver Brexit.

Conservative MP and Brexit supporter Peter Bone thought the deal had little chance of being passed.

Shailesh Vara, the junior Northern Ireland minister, became the first member of May's government to resign over the deal on Thursday.

The Scottish Conservative leader said the local authority results were a message to both the Tories and Labour after they failed to reach a deal on leaving the EU.

A Labour Party spokeswoman said Mr Corbyn set out the shadow Cabinet's concerns about the Prime Minister's ability to deliver on any compromise agreement during the talks in Parliament on Tuesday evening.

DUP Westminster leader Nigel Dodds said: "If the prime minister brings the withdrawal bill to the Commons for a vote, the question will be, 'What has changed?'".

A spokesman for Jeremy Corbyn said that the Labour Party would not be able to support the bill when MPs are expected to vote on it at the start of June, but refused to rule out six times the party abstaining on the matter.

May faces a punishing week when the Commons returns from recess, including the vote on the withdrawal bill, a three-day visit from Donald Trump and the Peterborough byelection, a tightly contested seat being fought by the Tories, Labour and the Brexit party.

Downing Street said efforts were continuing to find a "sustainable" majority for Mrs May's deal, with discussions involving DUP and Labour MPs as well as Tories. "It's not possible to give a firm prediction of how long that will take", the spokesman said.