The clock is running out for British Prime Minister Theresa May and her efforts to convince lawmakers — who may be on the fence — to vote to leave the European Union, and to accept her Brexit deal. However, at this time, parliament seems fixed on rejecting the deal.
Reuters is reporting that in advance of Tuesday’s vote, May is scurrying around to lock down more votes in support of her Brexit plan, one that is set to launch on March 29. At this time, May has a legitimate fear that Brexit could be reversed — or that it could get uglier than anticipated.
The Prime Minister gave a speech in the Brexit-supporting town of Stoke-on-Trent to warn that lawmakers blocking Brexit are more likely to succeed than a British exit from the EU without an inked deal.
May then returned to parliament to urge those in the House of Commons to reconsider the matter — one which is up for a vote in 24 hours — warning that a failure to pass her Brexit deal could lead to a fracturing of the United Kingdom.
“So I say to members on all sides of this House (of Commons) — whatever you may have previously concluded — over these next 24 hours, give this deal a second look.”
— The Independent (@Independent) January 14, 2019
The Prime Minister admits that her Brexit deal isn’t perfect, and that she realizes that she will perhaps be judged harshly by the history books, but a vote for her program will mean that Britain can move forward, starting tomorrow.
“No, it is not perfect. And yes it is a compromise. I say we should deliver for the British people and get on with building a brighter future for our country by backing this deal tomorrow.”
But those against May’s Brexit are really committed to vote against her tomorrow. Labor MP Tulip Siddiq has delayed her c-section — against medical advice — in order to cast her vote in opposition of the May plan on Tuesday, says CNN. Siddiq says that her plan right now is to arrive at the House of Commons on Tuesday in a wheelchair. She will be pushed by her husband, Christian Percy, will cast her vote, and will then leave for the hospital. Siddiq has been struggling with gestational diabetes, which will likely lead to her son having a higher than expected birth weight.
“If my son enters the world even one day later than the doctors advised, but it’s a world with a better chance of a strong relationship between Britain and Europe, then that’s worth fighting for.”