Theresa May Promises to Step Down if U.K. Parliament Backs Brexit Plan – The New York Times

On Tuesday, Mrs. May gained important backing when Jacob Rees-Mogg, an influential leader of the hard Brexiteers, said he could support her plan if the D.U.P. went along. The party has vehemently resisted the backstop, saying it would lead to the dissolution of Britain and the unification of Ireland.

On Wednesday, as the D.U.P. showed few signs of capitulating, Mr. Rees-Mogg went further, saying he would support the May plan if the party merely abstained.

On Wednesday, the leader of the House of Commons, Andrea Leadsom, a Conservative lawmaker, told the BBC there was a “real possibility” that Mrs. May’s plan could return for a vote as soon as Thursday.

Still, a third attempt to pass it would be a very tall order: Mrs. May would need to win the support of about 70 lawmakers who have already voted against it twice. If she managed that, she would almost certainly have quashed Parliament’s rebellion and ensured that Brexit would take place soon and on her terms.

On Wednesday, the focus was on the extraordinary parliamentary proceedings, orchestrated by a multiparty group led by a veteran Conservative lawmaker, Oliver Letwin.

Lawmakers will be allowed to vote for as many of the eight options as they want. In the first instance, that is very unlikely to produce clarity, and another day of debate and votes will probably be required on Monday.

The government has said that it will not be bound by any result of these “indicative votes.” But some lawmakers are threatening that, if necessary, they will try to legislate to force the government to accept any consensus that ultimately emerges.


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