The UK is due to leave the European Union in just a matter of days. Worryingly, there seems to be little in place in terms of a solid plan. After over two years of negotiations it is clear that both expats in the UK and in EU states simply want to know what is going on with their futures overseas.
Theresa May’s spokesman today revealed that the prime minister believes the UK has slid into political crisis. Due to this it is reported that she would be writing to EU leaders to postpone the date the UK will leave the European Union.
The third vote
Theresa May has held two votes on her withdrawal agreement and it was rejected twice. The first vote on the 15th January 2019 saw the PM face a huge defeat of 432 votes to 202. Then, after negotiating with the EU further and making changes Mrs May put the edited agreement to the government again. It was rejected a second time by 391 votes to 242.
Most recently, Commons Speaker John Bercow stated that he would not allow the withdrawal agreement to go to a third government vote. He claimed it would be “substantially the same.”
However, the prime minister’s spokesman voiced that she was resolute with the idea of having the deal go to an MPs vote again. It is rumoured that this vote could now take place in late March if Mrs May gets her way.
Will the UK leave the EU in March?
Legally speaking, the UK is currently bound by law to leave the EU at 11pm on the 29th March 2019. However, there is speculation that a new date could be imposed – 30th June. This is most likely to be passed and happen is MPs back the PM’s withdrawal deal in a third vote (if it goes ahead).
Mrs May’s spokesman commented, “The prime minister will be writing to Donald Tusk, the president of the European council, before the European council begins, in relation to an extension.”
Currently, with Brexit news breaking day by day but very little actually being established the likelihood of the UK leaving the EU towards the end of Mach is looking bleak.