Brexit Bulletin: May’s Final Plea

(Bloomberg) -- Today in Brexit: On the eve of the crunch vote, May makes a last-ditch attempt to sell her Brexit deal.

Prime Minister Theresa May used to say it was her deal, no-deal or no Brexit. Now that Parliament is flexing its muscles to prevent no-deal and possibly even force closer ties to the European Union, her argument has become starker: It’s my deal or no Brexit at all.

That’s the message May takes today to Stoke-on-Trent, a pro-Brexit city that voted overwhelmingly to leave in 2016, where she will warn of the risks to faith in democracy if Brexit is thwarted. The deal she negotiated with Brussels over 18 months finally goes to a vote in Parliament on Tuesday. It’s set for a thumping defeat.

“We all have a duty to implement the result of the referendum,” May will say. If the deal is rejected, she will argue, it’s more likely that Brexit will be thwarted than the no-deal outcome feared by business but championed by hardline Conservative euroskeptics.

As May heads to Stoke to try to at least reduce the scale of the defeat on Tuesday, the European Union is also expected to make a half-hearted effort to help May swing the vote. It plans to send a letter outlining that the much-loathed Irish backstop would only be temporary if it were triggered. The problem is, it isn’t expected to be very convincing, and won’t make the deal easier to swallow. So what happens after she’s defeated?

  1. Delay: There’s a growing consensus that Brexit might have to be delayed. EU officials talk openly about an extension being inevitable and July being a new deadline.
  2. Vote of no-confidence: Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promises one. When? “Soon.”
  3. Get Corbyn in the tent: Ministers are urging May to bring the Labour leader into No. 10 and forge a common Brexit policy if she loses on Tuesday.
  4. Second referendum: Pro-EU members of Parliament will publish draft legislation on Monday that would try to force a plebiscite, the Telegraph reports.
  5. A British “coup”: The Sunday Times reports that MPs are plotting to change Commons rules so motions proposed by rank-and-file lawmakers take precedence over government business. That would leave May unable to govern.
Brexit Bulletin: May’s Final Plea

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