LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s parliament is debating whether to support Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, a decision which will define Britain’s departure from the European Union and could determine her own future as leader.
Stephen Crabb arrives at Number 10 Downing Street in London, Britain July 14, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall
The odds look stacked against May winning parliamentary approval for her deal, which has come under fire from all sides, including eurosceptics, supporters of the EU and the Northern Irish party propping up her minority Conservative government.
Below is a running tally of the number of lawmakers who have so far explicitly indicated during the debate whether they plan vote for and against the Brexit deal on Dec.11. Lawmakers are entitled to change their mind before the vote, and some do not state how they intend to vote.
There are a total of 650 lawmakers in parliament. Of those, 102 are government ministers and Conservative Party enforcers, or whips, who are required to support the deal and so are not included in the tally.
May’s Conservative Party has 315 lawmakers. It governs with a working majority of 13 thanks to a deal with the 10 lawmakers of the Northern Irish Democratic Unionist Party.
Lawmakers who have indicated they will support the deal: 13
Lawmakers who have indicated they will oppose the deal: 63 (including 21 of May’s Conservative lawmakers)
Here is a selection of quotes from lawmakers during the debate on why they have made their decisions:
SUPPORTING THE DEAL:
Roger Gale, Conservative lawmaker
“We have three