Britain’s Prime Minister has cancelled a planned vote in the UK’s House of Commons tomorrow, eliciting anger and confusion about the terms surrounding Brexit.
Theresa May’s decision led to increased doubt in her ability to secure a favourable deal for the UK as news of her decision leaked before she had even announced it.
Earlier today, British government sources told British media that the British Prime Minister was set to delay a vote on her deal with the European Union, scheduled for Tuesday evening.
Sources said she had decided to delay the vote as indications showed that she would suffer a “heavy defeat” in the house of Commons, a defeat her hobbled administration might not be able to pull through.
Instead of the vote, May has a final chance at securing more concessions for the UK at a summit in Brussels this Thursday and Friday.
“Yet again the interests of the Tory party are a higher priority for her than anything else” – Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Commentaters did not hold back from what they saw as another sign of weakness in the British PM, with Scotland’s First Minister calling her decision “pathetic cowardice”.
Ireland’s DUP’s deputy leader Nigel Dodds said May’s deal would have been “overwhelmingly defeated” if tomorrow’s vote had gone ahead as planned.
“Deferring the vote is only of any use if the government is prepared to go to Brussels and insist on necessary changes to the withdrawal agreement,” he said. “Few people accepted this was the best deal available and the prime minister’s actions today prove that.”
Even Steve Baker, the former Brexit minister, termed her decision as a failure, saying it was “essentially a defeat of the prime minister’s Brexit deal. This isn’t the mark of a stable government or a strong plan,” he posted on Twitter.
The meaningful vote is postponed:
This is essentially a defeat of the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal. The terms of the WA were so bad that they didn’t dare put it to Parliament for a vote.
This isn’t the mark of a stable government or a strong plan. pic.twitter.com/rrykmUPb3A
— Steve Baker MP (@SteveBakerHW) December 10, 2018