British PM May postpones vote on Brexit deal, certain of defeat

British PM May postpones vote on Brexit deal, certain of defeat

British PM May postpones vote on Brexit deal, certain of defeat

A defeat in the vote could see Britain crashing out of the European Union on March 29, the date for Britain's exit, with no deal in place - an outcome that could spell economic chaos.

May is fighting to save her unpopular Brexit plan and her job ahead of a showdown in Parliament on Tuesday, when lawmakers are widely expected to vote down the deal she negotiated with Brussels.

A defeat could open up a series of different outcomes to Britain's departure from the European Union, the country's biggest shift in trade and foreign policy for more than 40 years, ranging from leaving without the deal to holding a second referendum on membership.

"I've been speaking to factory workers in Scotland, farmers in Wales and people right across the country, answering their questions about the deal and our future", she said. "There is no room whatsoever for renegotiation", European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said in an address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Gove, the environment secretary and a key Brexit voice in the cabinet, told colleagues that while May could seek new concessions from Brussels, there was a risk of her - or another leader - returning with a worse deal.

"We're preparing for the big day and night by bringing sleeping bags into the office and have mini golf and pinball in our break out area, so we can keep the traders busy during any quieter hours", said Samuel Leach, CEO of Samuel & Co.

Before the vote was delayed, analysts had been focusing on the number of votes May could win or lose by and what that could mean for her chances of renegotiating a deal.

The for Tuesday's planned vote in the house of Commons about the agreement with the European Union will be postponed. If the deal is rejected, it is unclear what happens next, with May insisting her deal was best for the country.

A group of pro-Brexit hardliners has marched in London ahead of a critical parliamentary vote on Britain's exit deal.

British PM May postpones vote on Brexit deal, certain of defeat

But he warned: "We will not renegotiate the deal, including the backstop, but we are ready to discuss how to facilitate United Kingdom ratification".

"We are replacing the business with a new statement but it isn't a motion and therefore isn't votable", the source said.

This provides encouragement to supporters of a so-called People's Vote, who are seeking a second referendum now that the costs and benefits of Brexit are better understood.

Reacting to the reports of a possible delay, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said it demonstrated "pathetic cowardice by a PM and government that have run out of road".

"Mrs May faced calls to postpone Tuesday's vote", senior Conservative MP Graham Brady, chairman of the backbench 1922 Committee, said, adding that he would welcome the vote being deferred if no solution could be found to differences within the party over the backstop.

As investors and allies tried to work out the ultimate destination for the world's fifth-largest economy, rebel lawmakers in May's party said she had to go.

In the meantime - if May's leadership survives - she will try to reframe or renegotiate the deal in a form that could pass a Commons vote.

The European Court of Justice could inject still more drama into the Brexit endgame when it rules on Monday whether Britain can unilaterally halt its split from the bloc.

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