May’s staff rule out people’s vote on Brexit
UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s staff have ruled out holding a people’s vote on the final terms of Brexit.
The enfeebled leader’s spokesman said there categorically would not be another referendum but refused to rule out holding several non-binding votes on alternative Brexit plans to end the parliamentary deadlock.
He admitted there was “more still to do” on getting legal assurances from other EU leaders to encourage MPs to support May’s vilified withdrawal agreement.
The final “meaningful vote” on her deal would be held next month, before January 21, the spokesman said.
May is facing tough questions on her failure to win concessions on her deal during her visit to Brussels last week.
Despite claims that her close cabinet allies are plotting a people’s vote May is due to make another speech saying it would do irreparable damage and be deeply divisive.
Planning for a no-deal Brexit is expected to be ramped up this week with up to £2 billion to be allocated after the cabinet signs off contingency plans at its weekly meeting tomorrow (Tuesday).
Her office insisted collective cabinet responsibility had not broken down after several ministers advocated either holding parliamentary votes on the Brexit options or pushing for a contradictory “managed no deal”.
Remain campaigner Amber Rudd, the minister for work and pensions, said “we need to find out where the will of parliament is” adding that “nothing should be off the table, we should consider all options”.
Business Secretary Greg Clark also said MPs “shouldn’t just be critics”, adding that it was “time to establish what would pass through parliament, so we can provide that certainty that’s needed”.
Clark said if May’s deal did not pass, “parliament should be invited to say what it would agree with”.
The multiple vote idea is likely to be raised at cabinet, despite the bungling prime minister’s dismissal.
May will attempt to break parliamentary people’s vote support as Labour threatened to force a no-confidence vote in her.
Opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn is expected to table the motion if the prime minister fails to set out a definite date for a vote on her agreement.
Corbyn is facing criticism for not calling a no-confidence motion in the government.
Pro- and anti-Brexit campaigners gather outside parliament last week. Picture credit: Eurasia Times