Britain's PM announces time for MPs' Brexit vote

Source:Xinhua Published: 2018/12/18 9:44:03

British Prime Minister Theresa May announced in the House of Commons Monday that Members of Parliament (MPs) will vote on her Brexit deal in mid-January.

May said the deferred debate on her under-fire Brexit deal will recommence in the week starting Jan. 7 when politicians return after the New Year break, with voting taking place the following week.

May said senior ministers will meet Tuesday at Downing Street to discuss preparations in the event of no deal being agreed.

Media reports Monday suggested that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond would announce spending of an extra 2 billion pounds to help prepare Britain for a no-deal Brexit.

May also told MPs that Britain will leave the European Union as planned on March 29 next year. She rejected the proposal to hold another referendum on EU membership, saying it would break faith with the British people who voted in 2016 to leave the bloc and do irreparable damage to the integrity of British politics.

Politicians from her own Conservative party as well as opposition MPs have been calling for a range of options, including a new EU referendum, in the face of an almost certain defeat for May's Brexit deal.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the main opposition Labour Party, accused May of leading Britain into a national crisis and on Monday tabled a second confidence vote against her.

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