News World Theresa May’s delayed Brexit vote in parliament scheduled for January 15

Theresa May’s delayed Brexit vote in parliament scheduled for January 15

Andrew Marr interviews British Prime Minister Theresa May on Sunday. Photo: BBC/Getty
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British Prime Minister Theresa May will hold a delayed parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal on Tuesday, January 15, the BBC reports.

Citing government sources, the report says Mrs May has received a letter signed by 209 MPs – from the Leave and Remain camps – urging her to rule out a no-deal Brexit before the vote.

Mrs May was forced to pull the vote on her European Union withdrawal deal in December after she conceded it would be defeated by a large majority.

She said on Sunday that Britain would be in uncharted territory if her Brexit deal is rejected by parliament, despite little sign that she has won over sceptical lawmakers.

Protesters from the Stay and Remain camps have their say outside the British Prime Minister’s Downing Street residence. Photo: Getty

The news comes after a survey published on Sunday showed that more Britons want to remain in the European Union than leave, and that voters want to make the final decision.

Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29 but Mrs May is struggling to get her exit deal approved by parliament, opening up huge uncertainty over whether a deal is possible or even whether the country will leave at all.

The survey by polling firm YouGov showed that if a referendum were held immediately, 46 per cent would vote to remain, 39 per cent would vote to leave and the rest either did not know, would not vote or refused to answer.

When the undecided and those who refused to answer were removed from the sample, the split was 54-46 in favour of remaining.

That is broadly in line with other polls in recent months that show a deeply divided electorate, in which opinion has swung slightly towards remaining in the EU.

The 2016 referendum voted 52 to 48 per cent in favour of leaving.

The poll of more than 25,000 voters was commissioned by the People’s Vote campaign, which is spearheading an increasingly vocal push for a second referendum on Brexit.

Mrs May has strongly opposed holding a second referendum.

But, the survey showed 41 per cent thought the final decision should about Brexit be made by a new public vote versus 36 per cent who believe it should be up to parliament.

Removing those who are undecided, the split was 53 per cent in favour of another referendum and 47 per cent against.

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