LONDON (Reuters) – On Friday, Prime Minister Theresa May will provide a slimmed-down version of her divorce agreement to Brexit vote in Parliament to break the deadlock with the UK's exit from the European Union.
Anti-Brexit protesters stand in front of the Houses of Parliament in London, UK on March 27, 2019. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
Voting on the day the country originally left the EU illustrates the depth of the three-year Brexit crisis has left it unsure how, when, or if it will ever go. Legislators will vote in May on a special session on May's 585-page EU resignation agreement, but not on the 26-page Political Declaration on Future Relations, which they negotiated at the same time, a maneuver that causes confusion among the parties Led legislators.
While May tries to rescue his twice-defeated exit deal, thousands of people opposing Brexit's delay are expected to protest in central London with a "Brexit Betrayal" march launched by the prominent Brexit activist Nigel Farage is led outside of Parliament.
In the midst of chaos, May agreed with the EU to postpone Brexit from the originally scheduled March 29 through April 12, with a further delay until May 22, which would be offered if its May divorce package this week could be ratified by the legislator.
"It really is really the last chance to vote for Brexit, as we understand it," said Liam Fox, Mays Brexit-supporting Trade Minister.
May pledged to terminate the deal on Wednesday if its deal came to fruition, but even that failed to attract many Brexit supporters in its party right away. They say their deal leaves the UK way too close to the EU.
The uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the United Kingdom's most significant political and economic move since World War II, has terrified its allies and investors.
Opponents fear Brexit will make Britain poorer and split the West as it grapples with both Donald Trump's unconventional US presidency and growing assertiveness from Russia and China.
Proponents of Brexit say divorce could lead to instability in the short term, but in the longer term it will allow the UK to thrive if it gets rid of what it threw as a condemned attempt on European unity.
If the government wins the vote, it believes that it has met the conditions set by the EU to delay Britain's exit from the block by May 22. These conditions were set at a European Council summit on 21 March.  However, the result will not meet the criteria of UK law that formally ratifies the exit package. The government acknowledges this in its application.
In order to ratify the resignation agreement, the government must receive parliamentary approval for both the resignation agreement and the Political Declaration on future relations. This would therefore require further coordination.
Letter from Guy Faulconbridge and Alistair Smout; Edited by Angus MacSwan