Theresa May Calls Off Key Brexit Vote By Parliament

The New York Times reports:

Facing the prospect of a humiliating defeat, Prime Minister Theresa May was expected to announce on Monday plans to postpone a parliamentary vote on her proposal for Britain’s departure from the European Union, throwing the process into disarray and highlighting her tenuous hold on power.

Mrs. May planned to make an unscheduled address to Parliament on Monday afternoon, after a round of calls to cabinet ministers. Several British news organizations, citing unidentified sources, reported that she would delay the vote after concluding that she was likely to fail a parliamentary test on which she had staked her reputation.

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the opposition Labour Party, effectively confirmed the postponement in a statement saying that the prime minister’s “Brexit deal is so disastrous” that the government “has taken the desperate step of delaying its own vote at the eleventh hour.”