According to an informed source with specific knowledge of the situation, British Prime Minister Theresa May will delay, if not call off, a planned House of Commons Withdrawal Agreement vote due on December 11 after the embattled May faced major opposition from MPs in her own Conservative party and which could have led to a crushing defeat for both her Brexit plan and her own government.
The decision to reschedule the vote comes immediately after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the UK has the right to unilaterally cancel Article 50 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union before the Withdrawal Agreement came into force.
May is expected to make a statement about the cancellation before pro-Brexit MPs have a chance to push toward with a vote.
EU Commission’s position ’not changed’
The European Commission’s deputy spokesperson, Mina Andreeva, responded to the news by stating that the bloc has already offered the UK the best possible Brexit deal and will not enter into any talks to renegotiate the agreement.
“Our position has not changed and as far as we’re concerned the United Kingdom is leaving the European Union on March 29, 2019,” said Andreeva. British Prime Minister May spoke with the president of the EU’s executive arm, Jean-Claude Juncker, on Sunday to give him “an update on the state of play” ahead of the scheduled vote.
Andreeva went on to say that the Commission already has a deal on the table that has already been endorsed by the EU Council on November 25.