The UK’s exit agreement will be voted on Tuesday, January 15, in the British parliament, the BBC said, quoting government sources.
The “significant vote” as it is known was originally planned for Dec. 11, but was postponed by the government the day before because of the risk of lead by a “significant margin,” said Prime Minister Theresa May at the time.
Kwasi Kwarteng, assistant secretary of state for Brexit, was confident that the document would be approved, rejecting the idea that the prime minister would bring the text back to Members if they lost the first time.
“The plan is to win the vote on Tuesday, or whenever it is. The plan, the focus and the goal are to win the vote,” he said on the BBC 4 Today show.
The debate in the House of Commons will be resumed on Wednesday and will run until Thursday or Friday.
Before being voted on, the text could be the subject of amendments proposed by the MEPs, which will be selected by the speaker, the leader of the British Parliament, John Bercow.
Meanwhile, May continues to work to try to overcome the objections, particularly from Conservative and DUP members in Northern Ireland.
The safeguard solution known as a backstop is designed to prevent the return of a physical border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland if there is no agreement on future relations at the end of 2020.
Eurocéticos fears that the country will remain indefinitely in a customs union with the EU and subject to European rules without being able to leave unilaterally, while the unionists dispute the imposition of different rules in the region of Northern Ireland with respect to the rest of the United Kingdom.
May was committed to obtaining “legal and political guarantees” from European leaders, having been in contact with Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claud Juncker during the Christmas holidays.
“I am not aware of the discussions the prime minister is having with EU leaders,” Kwarteng said of the possible results. “There are limits to my knowledge, I am afraid.”
The British press has speculated on the form of these guarantees, but May said only that the British parliament itself could play a “bigger role” in future negotiations, including on the entry into force of this mechanism.