Theresa May to Deliver Speech on Brexit after Talks Break Down
After another weekend of negotiations, there is still no Brexit deal. British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced an unexpected speech in which she is expected to warn the parliament about the lack of a deal. Follow him live here.
This weekend, an agreement on the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union seemed imminent. On Sunday the British Brexit minister Dominic Raab suddenly travelled to Brussels for consultation with Michel Barnier, who is negotiating on behalf of the EU.
Whether or not white smoke will come from the chimney depends on May’s home front. The British parliament has to vote for a possible deal and whether they will do that is still the question.
“The speech comes unexpectedly, and that is striking,” says correspondent Anne Saenen from London. “I suspect that she will warn her parliament: a deal is near, so you better vote for it, if not, then brace for impact.”
According to Saenen, May will try to convince the doubters. “It’s going to be a string dance for May, and she wants to open up her parliament with this speech, and there’s another big challenge for May: convince her parliament.”