Brexit: What’s next?

Brexit: What’s next?

As the UK limps into the final days of Brexit negotiation ahead of the original March 29th deadline, a lot still remains uncertain. From renegotiations, failed deals, and a potential leadership coup, the UK has seen it all. With the exit deadline growing increasingly urgent, May continues her scramble to produce a united front that will move negotiation forward, as she returns to parliament today in an effort to gain support for her latest deal. With so much happening at Whitehall this week, we examine some of the potential avenues leading to Brexit.

Returning Brexit to Parliament:

On the 18th March, Speaker John Bercow declared there could be no ne-runs of previous votes on a Brexit deal; either there must be a new deal (or changes to the existing deal) or MPs must answer different questions. In light of the delay to Article 50 however, John Bercow may be forced to reconsider this ruling, and readmit the deal for discussion. However, MPs could vote to suspend this regulation, in order to facilitate another ‘meaningful vote’ on Brexit and the deal put forward by Mrs May. The debate will happen today at approximately 4.30pm.

It now seems likely that if we are to depart the European Union, with a deal, that this will likely happen on 22nd May almost two months after the original deadline. In order for this to happen however, May must persuade the minds of 75 more MPs in order to win the consensus of parliament, and move negotiations forward. However, it was hinted by the PM that she may withhold voting on the deal if it became clear that it would not be passed by the lower chamber. Of itself, this decision is not without its complexitie

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Catherine is one of the Future of Law's digital editors. She graduated from Durham University with a degree in English Literature and worked at a barristers chambers before joining Lexis Nexis.