Prime Minister Theresa May has just announced that she has decided to postpone a key parliamentary vote on the Brexit deal tomorrow saying there is “widespread and deep concern” over Irish border backstop.
This would result in defeat for the deal, she said, were MPs to vote on it. Therefore, May added that the government has made the decision to defer the vote.
May confirms she'll go and see EU leaders before Bxl summit on Thursday, and looking at ways of giving parly more power over backstop
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) December 10, 2018
The move throws the UK’s divorce plan from the European Union up in the air. Twitter, however, is flooded with hilarious tweets taking a dig at the government and the current Brexit fiasco:
— mnrrntt2 and 40 others (@mnrrntt) December 10, 2018
"Government has to face them [the EU] down" says Nigel Dodds of the DUP
— Jon Worth (@jonworth) December 10, 2018
— Tony Whiting (@tonywhiting999) December 10, 2018
The announcement comes just hours after Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn declared that Britain no longer had “a functioning government”.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also accused the British government of “pathetic cowardice” by taking this decision.
“This is a watershed moment and an act of pathetic cowardice by a Tory (Conservative) government which has run out of road and is now collapsing into utter chaos,” Sturgeon said in a statement.
So @jeremycorbyn – if Labour, as official opposition, lodges motion of no confidence in this incompetent government tomorrow, @theSNP will support & we can then work together to give people the chance to stop Brexit in another vote. This shambles can’t go on – so how about it?
— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) December 10, 2018
Just finished a call with the Prime Minister. My message was clear. The backstop must go. Too much time has been wasted. Need a better deal. Disappointed it has taken so long for Prime Minister to listen.
— Arlene Foster #We’llMeetAgain (@DUPleader) December 10, 2018