British Prime Minister Theresa May is reportedly trying to find a way to put her European Union withdrawal deal to a fresh vote of the parliament after failing to gain the approval of the chamber on three occasions.
The BBC said on Saturday that May and her cabinet were looking for ways to bring her controversial Brexit deal to the House of Commons for a fourth vote as she seeks to avoid a disorderly withdrawal from the EU.
The Commons rejected May’s deal by 58 votes on Friday, the day on which Britain had been supposed to officially leave the EU. The country has now until April 12 to either approve the Brexit deal or come up with a new plan to secure a new extension. Otherwise, it should leave the EU on that day without an agreement, a scenario which many believe will lead to serious disruptions for both London and other European countries.
The BBC said May’s government was pondering a resubmission of the deal to the Commons during a series of votes that will be put in front of the chamber next week. It said the fourth bid to pass the Brexit deal was meant to show that the agreement was still the best option available despite attempts by lawmakers to come up with their own solutions.
The political standoff over Brexit comes nearly three years after people in Britain voted 52 to 48 to leave the EU. The government has repeatedly warned that a failure to unite behind a single strategy on Brexit could further complicate the situation and expose divisions in the country.