Theresa May is due to address the House of Commons later today for the first time since last week’s fateful EU summit. May flew to Brussels in a last-minute bid to meet with European leaders to try and gain “extra assurances” on issues such as the Irish backstop, ahead of returning her deal to Parliament.
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May Clashes With Juncker
However, the trip was not a fruitful one, and May’s visit was not received warmly, especially by EC president Jean Claude-Juncker who told May that there could be “no more room” for negotiations. The EU summit ultimately ended in an argument between May and Juncker regarding whether Juncker had described the UK PM’s Brexit stance as “nebulous.”
MP’s Calling For Second Referendum
May is under increasing political pressure at home as more and more MP’s are joining the call for a second referendum or at least for Parliament to be able to vote on options to proceed should May’s deal fail. Ex-UK PM Tony Blair has been grabbing headlines this week, making his own trip to Brussels, to brief European leaders on the potential for a second referendum.
May Slams Tony Blair As Undemocratic
Commenting on the move, May said:
“For Tony Blair to go to Brussels and seek to undermine our negotiations by advocating for a second referendum is an insult to the office he once held and the people he once served… We cannot, as he would, abdicate responsibility for this decision… Parliament has a democratic duty to deliver what the British people voted for.”
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