The British Parliament is scheduled to vote on the Brexit exit deal that Prime Minister Theresa May has negotiated with the European Council on December 11. However, as many from her own party are against the negotiated draft agreement it looks like Theresa May might have to step down if she does not win the Brexit deal vote.
Reports in British media say that out of the 300 plus MPs that Theresa May’s party has in the UK Parliament, almost 100 of them are against the deal she has negotiated with the EU. May has also seen a series of ministers resign over her negotiated deal – from her Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson to Dominic Raab, the man who was negotiating the Brexit deal itself.
These men have also dropped hints that they might put themselves up for vote for the party leadership in the event that May loses the vote in parliament.
Her proposal needs the backing of 320 MPs, more than half of the 639 MPs that vote in Parliament, to pass. But the numbers look tricky.
Apart from MPs from May’s own party, the biggest opposition – Labour party, Liberal Democrats, Scottish National Party, Democratic Unionist Party all have said they will be opposing May’s negotiated draft deal.
With many saying the Brexit has left too many questions unanswered, there are growing calls for a second referendum. The Labour party is the main backer for a second referendum on Brexit.
If May loses the vote by around 30, 40 or perhaps even 50 votes then she would have to go back to the European Council and to attempt to tweak the deal. However, the EU countries have said that UK is not getting another negotiation.
So it all depends on what December 11 brings – does May’s deal get enough votes; if she loses then by how much; will Labour party get a second referendum or will the government fall?