May’s Bill to be Put to a Vote in June
Just days before the UK is set to vote for European elections, Theresa May issued a new bill with the intention of satisfying the requirements of the members of Parliament. The bill comes as a final effort to save Brexit as May’s talks with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn failed.
May will put the bill to a vote in the first week of June at the House of Commons. With the condition that the agreement passes through Parliament, the Prime Minister promised members of Parliament the ability to make decisions regarding Britain’s custom agreements as well as make preparations to ease the backstop. May also assured them the possibility to decide whether to vote on holding a second referendum.
However, the bill has already been met with discontent from members of Parliament. As the deal depends largely on Labour votes and Corbyn seemingly unhappy with the changes, the vote does not seem likely to pass. May’s previous deals have already been put to a vote three times, but each time the withdrawal agreement was rejected. Should her bill not pass, it would not be the only defeat. The Tories are also expected to take a fall at the European elections this week, whilst the Brexit Party, led by Nigel Farage, is ahead at the polls.
New Prime Minister, New Brexit?
May’s failure to deliver Brexit has put pressure on the Prime Minister to step down, with talks of another no-confidence vote amongst Tory members. Doing so would mean that the rules of Parliament would need to be changed, as no-confidence votes must be at least 12 months apart. Following the vote in June, May said she would establish a way forward for her resignation. Should May step down as Prime Minister, it is looking likely that Boris Johnson would take her place. This could mean that a no-deal Brexit could make its way back to the UK as Johnson has stated his intentions to leave the EU with or without a deal.
The uncertainty surrounding Brexit is far from over as changes within the government itself could once again change the course of the UK’s departure from the European Union. Many corporations and organisations have been drafting back up plans in order to be prepared for Brexit. We hosted a series of webinars showcasing how Malta can be a post-Brexit solution to many different industries. Click here to view the recordings of the webinars.