The Conservative Prime Minister, of who has survived a vote of no confidence against herself last week, has decided to hold the vote on the 14th of January, mainly to seek further reassurances about the controversial backstop in her deal of which is meant to stop a potential hard border with Northern Ireland.
The backstop is controversial as it keeps the UK in a customs union, whereby the UK is held to EU laws about trade deals, forbidding the UK to negotiate any future trade deals on their own terms. This has been received very negatively by many Conservative MPs, to the point of issuing the vote of no confidence against her.
It is also arguable as to whether said backstop is necessary, given that many (the latest being former UKIP leader Nigel Farage) stating that there is no need for a backstop and Brexit doesn’t undermine the open border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and has excused the European Union of scaremongering.
The prime minister has stated that despite the other EU leaders not allowing her to renegotiate this backstop at last week’s EU summit, she stated in the House of Commons that she stood up for ‘British interests’, despite how ‘robust’ the negotiations were at the aforementioned summit.
Meanwhile, she has rejected calls from some of her cabinet MPs to allow Parliament to have a series of free votes to determine how Brexit went. This was on the grounds that it would allow opposition MPs to hijack Brexit.
This comes at a time whereby she has staved off requests for a second referendum on the EU, most notably shooting down a latest request by former Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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