United Kingdom parliament vote on Brexit deal to go ahead on December 11

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

With the country deeply divided, thousands of protesters joined a pro-Brexit march in central London on Sunday to demonstrate against May's deal.

Britain's embattled Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that a failure by lawmakers to back her Brexit deal risks leading to the entire venture being canceled.

PM May had been widely expected to lose Tuesday's vote amid strong opposition to terms of Brexit.

"The PM has called together all her senior aides for a meeting on the Meaningful Vote in No. 10 now", Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn said on Twitter.

In another twist in the Brexit tale, the European Union's top court ruled Monday that Britain can change its mind over Brexit, boosting the hopes of British people who want to stay in the EU that the process can be reversed.

The news came after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the United Kingdom can unilaterally revoke its withdrawal from the EU.

May's government called that ruling meaningless because Britain has no intention to halt Brexit.

Mrs May spoke on Sunday to European Council President Donald Tusk and Irish prime minister Leo Varadkar to assess the scope for any tweaks to her Brexit deal, notably to the controversial Northern Ireland backstop.

Esther McVey
Dan Kitwood Getty Images Former pensions secretary Esther McVey

She was due to give a statement to parliament at 1500 GMT on "Exiting the European Union". An updated House of Commons business statement said there would be a statement on "business of the House" after May's address, indicating a sudden change to the parliamentary schedule.

May's apparent inability to win support for her agreement creates doubt over her own future. But her enemies were already pouncing on a fiasco.

A simple majority of all lawmakers could also topple her government with a vote of no confidence.

It's unclear what would happen next if legislators vote down the deal. Britain is scheduled to leave the bloc on March 29.

"We had a people's vote, that's what frustrates me when people talk about this, the second referendum being a people's vote, " May said.

And he insisted that Theresa May could remain, prime minister, even if her deal is heavily defeated by MPs: "Yes, the prime minister is fighting for us and will continue in the post". In the June 23, 2016 referendum, 17.4 million voters, or 52 percent, backed Brexit while 16.1 million, or 48 percent, backed staying.

"The vote is on Tuesday; that is what we are focused on", he said. The agreement faced criticism both from the opposition and the ruling party, with several members of May's cabinet having resigned over disagreements with the deal. The pro-Brexit MP added that he would oppose this, because "we need to see this deal off once and for all".

Some have also floated the idea of a second referendum on the question of Britain's European Union membership, but the government is firmly opposed to that.

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