Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to get a hostile reception on Monday when she updates lawmakers on talks with EU leaders on her deal for Britain to leave the bloc.
May is to brief parliament’s main elected house, the Commons, on her meetings with EU leaders last week, when she travelled to Brussels to seek concessions to help her persuade lawmakers to accept the deal.
May told reporters on Friday that EU leaders’ commitments had “legal status and therefore should be welcomed,” but she added that more concessions would be needed to secure domestic backing for the deal.
Ahead of Monday’s statement calls grew from lawmakers, including many in May’s Conservative party, for her to allow parliament to vote down the deal as soon as possible to allow more time to examine alternatives.
May was widely criticized after she postponed last week’s scheduled “meaningful vote” on the deal at the last minute, admitting that she was facing a crushing defeat.
After May survived a Conservative Party no-confidence vote on Wednesday, her government drew more anger by suggesting it does not plan to hold the vote on her deal until mid-January, just 10 weeks before Britain is due to leave the EU.
“Running down the clock is a reckless strategy,” Conservative lawmaker Sam Gyimah tweeted over the weekend.
Gyimah, who resigned from a junior ministerial post to oppose May’s deal, suggested that lawmakers should be allowed “indicative votes” on several cross-party options if, as expected, May’s deal is voted down.