Reports: Theresa May preparing ANOTHER vote on Withdrawal Bill
PUBLISHED: 15:41 25 April 2019
After new attempts to topple Theresa May fizzled out, the prime minister is reported to be planning to try to get her Brexit Withdrawal Bill through for the fourth time.
The 1922 committee met yesterday to consider changing Tory party rules to allow them to oust May earlier than they are currently able.
That was narrowly avoided, but there is continuing dissatisfaction with her leadership both from MPs and within the party membership.
She could give MPs the chance to vote on the bill as early as next week, reported Sky News' Beth Rigby.
ITV political editor Robert Peston elaborated on this in a tweet saying she would do this by stripping the Northern Ireland backstop out of the bill “in the hope it shows, like the Brady amendment, that her Brexit would be approved without it”, he said.
The Brady amendment, passed on January 29, asked the government to seek 'alternative arrangements' to the Northern Ireland backstop.
Alternative arrangements have not yet been agreed with the EU.
Quizzed in parliament, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom was tight-lipped over the question.
She said an announcement on when the deal will return will be made “when appropriate”, but that a debate will be held in due course.