Brexit Update: Vote on Brexit Delayed
Tomorrow the UK Parliament was supposed to vote on the deal Theresa May has made after long negotiations with the EU. Prime Minister May has just canceled that vote after deliberations with members of her Government. The past days there have been speculations about the cancellation and earlier today sources close to the PM had already told media outlets about the delay, which has now been confirmed.
No vote, no loss…
May has postponed the vote to prevent losing it. The opposition and a large part of her own coalition would have voted against the current deal. May will go back to Brussels to try and see if she can renegotiate parts of the deal. One of the items on her wishlists is a guarantee on a definite period of time that the UK will stay a part of the Customs Union, which at the moment could last forever.
Asking, when you already know the answer?
A positive outcome for these renegotiations seems unlikely as the EU has made it clear that the current deal is the only deal, and the best deal possible for the UK, according to president Juncker. EU Parliament chief Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt has vented his frustration about the delay on Twitter, saying:
“I can’t follow anymore. After two years of negotiations, the Tory government wants to delay the vote. Just keep in mind that we will never let the Irish down. This delay will further aggravate the uncertainty for people & businesses. It’s time they make up their mind!”
It’s about time
And Verhofstadt is right. The uncertainty has gone on long enough, and it would be good to have confirmation of the next step. Preparations for the Brexit are in full swing at Customs Support Group, but knowing more will make these preparations a lot more efficient. Whatever the outcome, we are ready for it.
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