Theresa May Delays Brexit Vote: "Meaningful", Clarity And Temporary Defined

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants more time. She told Parliament they can have a vote on March 12.

Theresa May promised a "meaningful" vote in February. She now promises a Vote on March 12.

As the United Kingdom’s labyrinthine Brexit crisis goes down to the wire, May is making a last-ditch effort to negotiate changes to the divorce package, though lawmakers could try to grab control of Brexit in a series of parliamentary votes on Wednesday.

British parliament voted 432-202 against her deal in January, the worst defeat in modern British history, prompting May to promised to seek changes that would allow lawmakers to ratify the agreement and avoid a potentially disorderly exit.

The new ‘high noon’ for Brexit, May and the British parliament will be on March 12, only 17 days before Britain is due to leave on March 29.

We won’t bring a meaningful vote to parliament this week but we will ensure that that happens by the 12th of March,” May told reporters on board her plane.

European Council President Donald Tusk told May that the EU needs clarity that what the bloc might offer would command a majority in the British parliament before a summit of EU leaders scheduled on March 21-22, an EU official said.

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said he could not accept a post-Brexit border backstop that has a time limit or a unilateral exit clause, ruling out a suggestion from British Environment Secretary Michael Gove.

Meaning of Meaningful

UK MPs voted 432-202 against May's deal in January. One might think that was meaningful, but that's not the way things are in politics.

It would only have been meaningful, had May won the vote.

Following that massive unmeaningful defeat, she promised a meaningful vote in February. Today, May postponed that vote because it would have lost.

Thus, another way of not having a meaningful vote is to not have a vote at all.

Meaning of Clarity

1 2
View single page >> |
How did you like this article? Let us know so we can better customize your reading experience. Users' ratings are only visible to themselves.


Leave a comment to automatically be entered into our contest to win a free Echo Show.