British Prime Minister Theresa May said on December 17th that the delayed vote in Parliament on the Brexit deal between her government and the European Union will be held the week of January 14th.
The vote was due to take place last week but postponed at the last minute by May, who admitted lawmakers would resoundingly reject the agreement.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) reported that the opposition Labour party had threatened to force a confidence vote in Parliament if May did not set a date for the vote.
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said May had "led the country into a national crisis" and she no longer had cabinet backing. He said a month had been wasted since the original December 11th vote was postponed, with "not a single word renegotiated and not a single reassurance given."
These reassurances are exactly what May was trying to get from the EU over the past few days, during individual meetings with country leaders and at the EU summit in Brussels, in order to win over sceptical MPs.
May told Parliament on Monday, December 17th that debate on the Brexit deal would resume the week of January 7th, when Parliament comes back after the Christmas break. According to AP, she said the vote would be held the following week.
With time growing short toward the UK’s scheduled March 29th departure, it remains unclear whether the country will leave with a deal or crash out with no deal.