Prime Minister Theresa May will again try to get her twice-rejected Brexit divorce deal to the third round of Parliamentary vote on Friday, in a bid to avoid a chaotic split from the European Union in two weeks.
May struggled to keep her European Union divorce deal alive on Thursday, just a day after she offered to step down if her Conservative Party MPs agreed to back it up.
While a number of her Tory MPs are believed to have been swayed by her offer, Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) was determined to block it.
The third round of voting will be crucial for May who is trying to keep Britain’s economy from imploding and the pound from plunging in a post-Brexit setup.
The government’s representative in parliament, Andrea Leadsom, said the new vote will give recalcitrant lawmakers the chance to secure Britain’s delayed departure from the EU on May 22.
“I encourage all MPs to support it and ensure that we leave the EU… giving people and businesses the certainty they need,” she told MPs as quoted by news agency AFP.
The government is optimistic that holding the vote on the day when Britain was meant to leave the bloc could sway some sceptical MPs.
House of Commons Speaker John Bercow had given his approval to hold the vote after he had rejected a similar attempt last week.
“(It) is new, substantially different and in conformity,” he said of the deal to be put to MPs on Friday’s vote.
However, Friday’s vote will only cover the main withdrawal agreement in Theresa May’s plan and another parliamentary vote would be required before Brexit can go forward.
(With inputs from agencies)