Update: Theresa May likely to announce delay in Brexit vote

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks to the media as she arrives at the European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium October 18, 2018. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw

Theresa May is likely to announce that tomorrow’s key Brexit vote will be postponed. Several international media outlets are reporting that the British Prime Minister will announce this delay.

May is expected to make an announcement in the House of Commons at 16:30 CET amid reports Tuesday’s vote on her Brexit deal is being delayed. That will be followed by a statement from Commons leader Andrea Leadsom – and then a statement from the Brexit secretary on Article 50.

Politico described these statements as “unscheduled”, in which she is widely expected to announce a delay of Tuesday’s vote on her Brexit deal.

BBC quoted several cabinet sources saying Brexit vote will be delayed.

No official confirmation was forthcoming.

Key political figures respond to the delayed Brexit vote

Reactions from opposing political figures have poured scorn on the Prime Minister’s decision to delay the vote.

Some have called the decision a sign of cowardice while some former Cabinet Ministers and officials connected with resigned ministers, call it a move which averted an inevitable defeat for a bad deal.

First Minister for Scotland, SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon:

The SNP leader has also come out in support of the Labour leader to support a move of No Confidence in Theresa May…

Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn:

Conservative MP and Remain campaigner, Anna Soubry says the decision is ‘putting off the inevitable’.

There are also questions being raised about whether the Prime Minister’s can actually call the ‘meaningful’ vote off.


Stewart Jackson, former Chief of Staff for the former Brexit Secretary, David Davis, is saying it time for a vote of No Confidence on the Prime Minister.

Guy Verhofstadt, the Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament, has said that the, ‘Delay will only aggravate the uncertainty’…

Nigel Dodds, MP for North Belfast has said that the delay foreshadowing a defeat, shows that it might be time for the Government to go back to Brussels to renegotiate.

One of May’s Ministers is suggesting that Theresa May could be heading back to Brussels, this time to renegotiate over the Northern Ireland Backstop…

According to Sky News, the projected vote to defeat the Brexit deal would have been 418 votes to 187 in favour.