UK Prime Minister Theresa May has sensationally called off a controversial parliamentary vote on Brexit.
Ms May broke the news to members of Parliament on Monday and was met with loud laughter from several MPs.
“If we went ahead and held the vote tomorrow, the deal would be rejected by a significant margin,” she said.
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“We will, therefore, defer the vote scheduled for tomorrow and not proceed to divide the house at this time.”
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) December 10, 2018
It comes after the Prime Minister admitted there was concern over the controversial Northern Irish “backstop” – an arrangement which would ensure there is no return of a “hard border” between the British province and Ireland.
“On one issue – the Northern Ireland backstop – there remains widespread and deep concern,” Ms May said in Parliament on Monday.
It’s understood she will now go back to the EU and attempt to seek more concessions, despite MPs having little faith in the deal.
“The government has lost control of events and is in complete disarray,” Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said.
“It’s been evident for weeks that the Prime Minister’s deal did not have confidence of this House yet she ploughed on regardless, reiterating ‘this is the only deal available.'”