Brexit: The week ahead

Theresa May’s future as Prime Minister continues to come under the spotlight ahead of another key week in Westminster. So what can we expect during the coming days?

– Monday March 25

Mrs May will convene her Cabinet on Monday morning before updating the Commons on the Brexit process following last week’s European Council summit, where she agreed to delay Britain’s departure past March 29.

Parliament will then debate an amendable Government motion on the Brexit deal, which gives MPs a chance to put their favoured outcomes to a vote.

A proposal backed by Sir Oliver Letwin, Dominic Grieve and Hilary Benn, seeks to pave the way for a series of “indicative votes” in the Commons on Wednesday, effectively taking control of the Brexit process out of the hands of the Government.

Mrs May could table secondary legislation which must go through the Commons and Lords by Friday to remove the date of March 29 from Brexit legislation.

Mrs May’s effective deputy David Lidington has promised to introduce a process for MPs to debate potential Brexit outcomes over the following two weeks.

– Tuesday March 26

Tuesday has been suggested as a possible date for the third “meaningful vote” – known in Westminster as MV3 – on Mrs May’s Withdrawal Agreement.

Downing Street says that no date has yet been fixed for the vote, which must come by the end of the week.

– Wednesday March 27

MPs led by Sir Oliver will hope to seize control of parliamentary time to force votes on Brexit options on Wednesday.

Mrs May will also face Prime Minister’s Questions.

House of Commons
House of Commons

Friday March 29

Friday is no longer Brexit day, with EU leaders having offered to delay the departure until April 12 if MPs do not back Mrs May’s deal, or until May 22 if they do.

Leave-backing walkers who have taken part in the Brexit Betrayal march from Sunderland are due to arrive in London on Friday.