SHARM-EL-SHEIKH (EGYPT): British PM announced on Sunday that she is delaying a vote on her deal in Parliament, saying it should now take place by March 12, a little more than two weeks before the UK is due to leave the .
The move has the potential to further sow discord within her Cabinet. Three senior Cabinet members already had suggested on Saturday that they may break ranks with her and back amendments to delay Britain‘s departure unless a deal is agreed upon by Parliament over the next week.
But May told reporters as she travelled to Egypt for an EU-Arab League summit and talks with European Council President that her negotiating team would return to Brussels on Tuesday for negotiations aimed at wringing concessions out of her reluctant EU partners.
“As a result of that we won‘t bring a meaningful vote to Parliament this week. But we will ensure that that happens by March 12,” May said. “It is still within our grasp to leave the EU with a deal on March 29,” she added. An EU official said there had been “no tensions” between May and Tusk during their meeting. The official, who isn‘t permitted to speak publicly, said May informed Tusk about the “work and timeline to find a way forward on Brexit. reuters