There is more Brexit drama.
The British Parliament will vote on Tuesday to gain more control over the Brexit process. They will do so by tabling a series of amendments that could shift power from the government of Prime Minister Theresa May and back to Members of Parliament when it comes to how and when Britain will break up with the European Union.
That's at least the plan. Whether the parliament will be successful and which faction will prevail – the Hardline Pro Brexit camp or those who prefer a softer Brexit (or none at all) – are both open questions.
More than a dozen amendments have been proposed so far. More can be done, and many will probably retreat before the vote because they have no chance to say goodbye to the House. Even amendments that could be successful ̵
A lot can happen until the vote on Tuesday, which is expected to start at 19:00 GMT (or 2:00 PM EST). At the moment, however, is a breakdown of the vote and the reason why this happens.
It seems as if there will be a Brexit vote every week. Here's what this latest thing is about.
On January 15, parliament voted with an astonishing margin of 230 votes against May's Brexit deal. May then had to deliver her so-called "Plan B" – that is, her next moves on Brexit – which she took on 21 May January did.
May's Plan B sounded very similar to Plan A: it did not offer concrete changes, but she said she would work more closely with Parliament to determine the relationship between the EU and Britain after Brexit and find a solution a guarantee to ensure an open border between Northern Ireland (which is part of the UK) and Ireland (which belongs to the EU) after the Brexit, which the hard Brexiteers strongly oppose. (See this video or explanations for more information.)
May's rather uninspired Plan B was not an absolute surprise: the European Union has pretty much always said that this Brexit deal was the only one offered in May So far, it has not been intended to entertain dramatic alternatives, such as a second referendum, to inform the public about the Brexit process.
But now the parliament is coming. MPs – both conservative "backquakes" (those who do not belong to the May administration) and Labor and other opposition MPs – will be able to tackle their Brexit alternatives.
Okay, but what does "Brexit Control" mean by Parliament?
Parliament has tabled a number of amendments. This includes asking everything from May to go back and renegotiate the terms of their deal with the EU, to trying to avoid a no-deal Brexit, a scenario in which Britain is leaving the EU without an agreement or transitional period breaks out.
There are two major categories in which these changes will work. The first is the one that basically informs the May administration about what Parliament wants to see in a Brexit deal. An amendment z. B. is intended to replace the "Irish backstop" in the current agreement with unspecified "alternative agreements".
The second set of amendments concerns those who try to take control of the process by laying down new rules on what Parliament can do. By 29th March 2019, this is the case on Brexit's deadline today. For example, an amendment introduced by Labor MP Yvette Cooper aims to avoid a catastrophic no-deal Brexit by forcing the prime minister to request an extension of the Brexit deadline in Parliament to a Brexit deal by 26 February not accepted.
Jack Simson Caird, an expert on British law at the Bingham Center for Rule of Law in London, said it was the second type of change that could be significantly impacted on the Brexit process.
These amendments are about "taking power in virtually instead of convincing the government to change its position," Simson Caird said. This also tries to do the other change group.
Changes like the ones suggested by Cooper do not elaborate on what May's deal should be like, he just says there has to be a deal. And if May can not deliver, it means essentially in Parliament: "We are not monkeys now, we will just take control," said Simson Caird.
But both categories of amendments are likely to exert political pressure on May, and could send a potentially strong message about what Parliament is and what it is not when it comes to Brexit.