Prime Minister Theresa May has made the admission that the UK is currently in a crisis situation.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said Mrs May had already forewarned MPs before they voted for the second time on her deal, that a crisis would erupt. The Spokesperson explains that, ‘I think events yesterday tell you that that situation has come to pass.’
The admission comes as May prepares to notify the EU of the next steps the UK will take in the next 10 days. It is expected that the letter will be sent to the European Council president Donald Tusk and could include a request for delay to the Brexit process.
It is understood that the decision follows a cabinet meeting this morning when both Brexiteer and Remainer ministers clashed over the next steps.
The Prime Minister also invited the former Foreign Secretary and Conservative MP Boris Johnson to Downing Street as part of her talks with the Democratic Unionist Party and Labour MP in order to build the necessary support to pass her deal.
No changes, no 3rd vote
The situation comes in the wake of a fraught few days in which the Prime Minister lost a second vote on her tweaked withdrawal agreement with the EU in the Parliament and new comments from the Speaker of the House.
Amendments and motions had been put forward in the days following which have both ruled out a No-Deal Brexit but also a call for a delay to the Brexit process until the 30th June. The latter is on the condition that MPs support her deal in a third ‘meaningful vote’ on Wednesday, MV3 as it is being called.
The Speaker of the House of Commons, Mr John Bercow has told MPs that by Parliamentary law, the third vote on the agreement would only be legal if it is ‘substantively different’ to the second version. Bercow explained that changes and tweaks from the original to the second version had made it eligible for Parliament to vote on.
Although it’s not clear what this at the moment, Bercow’s comments were not taken well by the government. The Prime Minister reportedly said of the incident that ‘The Speaker has framed this debate as Parliament versus the Government. But what it actually is now is Parliament versus the people.’ The government will need then to win over the Speaker with new changes or seek a vote to overrule Bercow.
Delivering Brexit or not delivering Brexit?
According to the UK Independent, the potential Brexit delay which the PM could request, would include a long extension for an unspecified amount of time. However, should she win the support of the Parliament this would drastically change the plan.
For now, the PM’s spokesperson explained that the cabinet was determined to find a way for the Parliament to agree on the deal, adding that ‘She wants that to happen as soon as possible, she does not want a long delay and asking UK to participate in [European Parliament] elections would be a failure’
‘They had a full discussion which covered both the implications of the speaker’s comments yesterday and the upcoming European Council.’, the spokesperson said.
However, questions were raised about the actual delivery or non-delivery of Brexit by pro-Brexit Minister Andrea Leadsom.
In a fury, Leadsom attacked her Remainer colleagues over them using a long delay as a way of cancelling or quitting the Brexit altogether. ‘This used to be the cabinet that would deliver Brexit and now from what I’m hearing it’s not.’ she said.
Another chance coming?
Speaking to Sky News, fellow Pro-Brexit MP, Michael Gove said that the Prime Minister would be outlining her vision for the next stage in the next day or so, within her request to Mr Tusk.
Gove also explained his belief that there would be, ‘another chance for the House of Commons to reflect on where we are’.
He also added that he hoped that ‘the sooner we can have a vote the better’, but this would be up to the Prime Minister’s discretion.
In other updates
The European Council President Donald Tusk has met the Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, discussing the latest developments and the uncertainty and preparedness in the event of a No-Deal Brexit.
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Leader has been meeting with the SNP, Liberal Democrats, Greens and Plaid Cymru for what is being described as ‘constructive’ talks.
The Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, has told the Commons that the Prime Minister has to present an amendable Brexit motion to Parliament by Monday next week. This increases the chances of MPs presenting more amendments in order to change the Brexit process.