May 15, 2019 / 10:43 AM / 7 days ago

Last chance saloon? Brexit deal is dead if parliament rejects it again, Barclay says

FILE PHOTO: Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Stephen Barclay is seen outside Downing Street, as uncertainty over Brexit continues, in London, Britain May 14, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal with Brussels will be dead in its current form if parliament rejects it for a fourth time next month, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Wednesday.

The government said on Tuesday it planned to bring forward the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB), the legislation required to ratify May’s exit deal, early next month. Lawmakers will get to vote on it the week of June 3.

Asked by a committee of lawmakers from the upper house of parliament if this was the last chance saloon for May’s divorce deal, Barclay said: “If the House of Commons does not approve the WAB, then the Barnier deal is dead in that form and the House will have to then address a fundamental question between whether it will pursue and communicate on a no-deal option or whether it will revoke.”

Reporting by Michael Holden and Kylie MacLellan; editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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