On Tuesday 11 December, the British House of Commons will vote on the Brexit agreement that Prime Minister Theresa May has signed with the European Union. The importance of the Brexit agreement cannot be underestimated.
That vote, called the 'meaningful vote', will take place at the end of a five-day debate that starts on Tuesday, December 4th, according to a letter distributed to MEPs from Mays Conservative Party. Only on Friday 7th there is no session of the House of Commons.
If Prime Minister May manages to secure a majority for her plan, then there is no way back for the departure of the United Kingdom from the EU on 29 March 2019. If parliament does not approve the agreement, chaos threatens to rule London.
The opposition parties Labour, the Lib Dems and the SNP have said they will vote against the Brexit deal. Within her own coalition the DUP and many Tory MPs have made it clear they also don’t support the deal.
Will May resign if that happens? Could there be a second vote on the text? Or perhaps a second referendum? No one knows.
Trump copies Piers Morgan
On the White House lawn as he was leaving for a rally for a GOP candidate in Mississippi, US President Donald Trump said to reporters that the current withdrawal agreement "sounds like a great deal for the EU," echoing the words of conservative commentator Mr Piers Morgan who pointed out over the weekend that the 27 other member states only needed 38 minutes to ratify it, thereby highlighting how bad of a deal for the UK it was.
The US President continued: "right now if you look at the deal, the UK may not be able to trade with us. And that wouldn't be a good thing. I don't think they meant that."
In doing so, Mr Trump copies his criticism spoken last time he visited the UK, when he gave an interview to British tabloid the Sun and at the time also stated he didn’t approve of Ms May’s Brexit deal, at that time still known as the ‘Chequers’ agreement.
Although it may always seem that President Trump makes these comments without overthinking them, political commentators have by now understood that there is nothing coincidental about his quotes. Mr Trump sides with Ms May’s critics in this matter. It is even claimed that senior members of his administration maintain close contacts with prominent Eurosceptics in the Conservative party and some in the White House would prefer to see a different Brexit deal altogether.
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