“There is no room whatsoever for renegotiation,” European commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told EU legislators in Strasbourg, France,
In London, May has delayed a vote in parliament to approve her Brexit deal in search of extra assurances from the EU that will win over deeply sceptical MPs. Britain cannot ratify any withdrawal agreement without parliament’s consent. What happens now?
The government has said it intends to hold a vote before January 21. But critics are already lining up to say that May will not be able to get enough from EU leaders to make MPs change their mind about a deal they say is flawed. By law, if the vote is held and the deal is rejected, ministers have 21 days to state how they intend to proceed.
The government has rejected suggestions it could seek to bypass parliament and proceed towards a no-deal exit. It has promised that MPs will get the chance to debate the next steps by January 21 whether there is a deal or not. May could resign as leader of the Conservative Party, triggering an internal contest to replace her without a general election. A long-running effort by some members of May’s own party to get rid of her could gain renewed impetus. If 48 out of 315 Conservative MPs want her to go, the party holds a leadership ballot. If she loses, there is an internal contest to replace her.