British MP on May's Brexit deal: "F**k knows. I’m past caring. It’s like the living dead in here"
Quoting a cabinet minister, the BBC's Political Editor gave the quote of the year.
Today, 29 March, was supposed to be the day that Britain left the EU. Instead, Theresa May's Brexit deal remains well short of a majority.
Despite the fact that May has told Conservative MPs that she will quit as Prime Minister soon after her Brexit deal is approved, paving the way for a leadership contest in the summer, the political future of Britain remains uncertain.
On Thursday evening, MPs voted on eight alternatives to May’s deal in a series of votes. None won a majority. The rejected proposals included a softer Brexit, no deal and a second referendum.
Although May didn't specify a date for her expected departure from Downing Street, she's set to announce her resignation around 22 May, when Britain looks set to leave the EU if her Withdrawal Agreement is approved.
On Friday, May will put only half of her Brexit deal to a vote, in a final desperate attempt to secure MPs’ support.
The British government has confirmed that parliament will vote on Brexit again on Friday, but only on one part of the deal reached with the European Union.
Members of parliament will vote on the Withdrawal Agreement including the Irish backstop, divorce bill and citizens' rights. This will not amount to a third 'meaningful vote' on the deal, as it will not include a vote on the UK's future relationship with the EU.
This needs to get through Parliament in order for Brexit to be delayed until 22 May.
However, May's deal is not certain to pass because Labour have already said that they would never vote for a “blindfold Brexit”, while around 30 Eurosceptic Tories and the 10 DUP MPs are also holding out.
As for the EU's stance, they've said that the UK will have to leave on 12 April if no deal is passed, but that they would grant an extension to 22 May if the Withdrawal Agreement is passed.
Following May's most recent setback in parliament, Nicholas Watt, Political Editor with BBC Newsnight, shared an anecdote from a member of May's cabinet.
When asked why May is pressing ahead with a vote she knows she’ll lose, the minister was reported as saying: “Fuck knows. I’m past caring. It’s like the living dead in here.”
Newsnight’s @nicholaswatt has the TV moment of the year. Quoting a cabinet minister, asked why May is pressing ahead with a vote she knows she’ll lose: “Fuck knows. I’m past caring. It’s like the living dead in here.” pic.twitter.com/51zTUX9MwN
— Matt Wells (@MatthewWells) March 28, 2019