Four influential Minister of the government of Great Britain demanded that the Prime Minister Theresa May postpone the date of “Brexit” to avoid the country’s exit from the EU without an agreement with the European partners. This was reported on Thursday by the newspaper the Sun.
Otherwise, according to the newspaper, the Ministers threatened Prime Minister May “revolt” and said that next week will vote in Parliament in support of the initiative to transfer the issue of postponing “Brexit” to Parliament. According to the Sun, Minister of labor and pensions amber Rudd, Lord Chancellor and Minister of Justice David Gok, Minister of business, energy and industrial strategy Greg Clark and Minister of Scotland David Mundell made an appeal to the Prime Minister.
The newspaper quotes one of the Ministers: “The Prime Minister is facing a choice, and it was made clear to her. Either she will remove from the agenda the exit from the EU without a deal and extend the term of article 50 (the provision of the Lisbon Treaty on the European Union, which establishes the rules and timing of the United Kingdom’s exit from the EU), or she will have to fire many of us, and still she will be defeated.”
The amendment to the law on “Brexit”, which threatened to support the Ministers, offered the Deputy Labour Yvette Cooper and her conservative colleague Oliver Letuin. Voting on it will be held in the House of Commons on February 27. To gain the force of law, the Cooper initiative must be approved by both Houses of the British Parliament.
If this happens, then on March 13 (if by that time the deal with the EU is still not approved By the House of Commons) deputies will have the right to vote on whether the UK should leave the EU without a deal (this option is unlikely to be approved by legislators), as well as whether the postponement of “Brexit”. At the same time, the new date will have to be determined by the May’s Cabinet, while in the previous version of the bill it was about the transfer of “Brexit” for nine months.
As previously explained by Cooper herself, the purpose of her proposal — to prevent a situation in which the final decision on “Brexit” will be taken less than two weeks before March 29, when the country must officially leave the EU. Labour fears that, delaying negotiations and waiting for concessions either from Brussels or from the House of Commons, May’s Cabinet, unwittingly, will eventually provoke “Brexit” without a deal, fraught with negative consequences for the British economy. According to the newspaper The Guardian, the initiative of the Labour Party is prepared to support the conservatives who are against “Brexit”.