The Guardian reports:
Theresa May has offered MPs votes on a second referendum and a temporary customs union in her last attempt to get a Brexit deal through parliament. Amid widespread expectation that the withdrawal agreement bill will be heavily defeated early next month, and reports of serious rows in cabinet, the prime minister used a hastily arranged speech to warn of serious political disruption if Brexit is not delivered.
Extending the deadlock for further months “risks opening the door to a nightmare future of permanently polarised politics”, she told an audience in central London. “Look around the world and consider the health of liberal democratic politics. And look across the United Kingdom and consider the impact of failing to deliver on the clear instruction of the British people in a lawful referendum.”
UK PM Theresa May says the Withdrawal Agreement Bill, which MPs will vote on next month, will include a requirement to vote on whether or not to hold another #Brexit referendumhttps://t.co/s2UBu26D6f pic.twitter.com/KLVXOpDLRr
— BBC Politics (@BBCPolitics) May 21, 2019
Theresa May’s “new deal”: the same revolting treaty, but now with a promise to give our Remoaner parliament a vote on forcing us to re-run the 2016 referendum. Yet another sickening betrayal – Tory Eurosceptics must act now and oust her!
— Leave.EU (@LeaveEUOfficial) May 21, 2019
How can the remaining Brexiteers in Cabinet stay after this speech? What is left of their project? Not only is Theresa May pledging a semi-Brexit but putting legal obligations on it and sweetening the deal with a vote on a second referendum.
— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) May 21, 2019