LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May failed to win over the Northern Irish party which props up her government to her Brexit deal on Wednesday, just hours before members of parliament were due to resume a debate on the divorce accord.
The future of Brexit remains deeply uncertain – with options ranging from a disorderly exit from the European Union to another membership referendum – because British lawmakers are expected on Jan. 15 to vote down the deal May struck with the EU in November.
May pulled a vote on the deal last month, admitting it would be defeated, and promised to seek “legal and political assurances” from the EU.
But the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) said it would not support the deal unless May dropped a part known as the backstop which is aimed at preventing a hard border between the British province and EU-member Ireland if both sides fail to clinch a future trade deal.
May has repeatedly ruled out delaying Brexit, though she has also warned British lawmakers that if they reject her deal then Brexit could be derailed or the United Kingdom could leave without a deal. (Reuters)