London (CNN)Theresa May is spending this weekend trying to plot a way out of the UK's Brexit stalemate after Parliament rejected her deal for a third time. With just two weeks left to the new deadline of April 12, she -- and the House of Commons -- are running out of options. There may be a fourth attempt to persuade lawmakers to back her deal, but this time set against a softer version of Brexit in order to force an affirmative decision one way or the other. But with the numbers deadlocked right now, and little sign that May can turn defeat into victory in a matter of days, the only way out of this -- and one that the PM is reportedly actively considering -- could be a fresh UK general election. Two years ago, the normally cautious Prime Minister played against type by calling a snap election three years earlier than necessary. She wanted to secure a bigger mandate for her own Brexit vision -- and ended up throwing away her Conservative majority. Every parliamentary defeat on her … [Read more...] about Now more than ever, Britain needs a general election
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THERESA May's grip on power is slipping by the day as her own MPs revolt over her handling of Brexit negotiations. After the PM's Brexit deal was trounced in Parliament, could another General Election really be on the cards? Here's the latest. Is another General Election on the cards? Downing Street is adamant an election won't happen but the PM may be forced to choose between calling one now or having one forced upon her later — if the Brexit deadlock continues. Theresa May is now looking to extend the UK's departure from the UK to June 30 — four months after the planned leaving date. MPs may be keen to avoid another election amid the Brexit chaos, though Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has made calls for a fresh call. May can no longer face a no confidence vote from her own party until December this year, after narrowly surviving a motion against her. What other attempts were made for a General Election? When May's "meaningful vote" failed to get through Parliament on January … [Read more...] about UK general election odds 2019 – what’s the latest from the bookies?
Theresa May is expected to win a vote of no confidence in her government this evening, but the turmoil around Brexit has seen bookmakers slash the odds on a general election taking place this year. Following last night’s historic defeat of her Brexit withdrawal deal, a no confidence motion was immediately tabled by Jeremy Corbyn and backed by the SNP, the Lib Dems, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party. Yet with rebel Tory Brexiteers and May’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) allies indicating they will back the prime minister, few expect the opposition motion to pass. Under the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act (2011) brought in under the coalition government, the only ways to call an early election is if a motion is agreed by two-thirds or more of MPs, or if a no-confidence vote is passed and no alternative government can be cobbled together within 14 days. “It’s a measure of just how unprecedented the situation before us is that the Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, which for … [Read more...] about Will there be an early general election in 2019?
After a chaotic week for Theresa May's disastrous Brexit deal, the odds on the UK having a second EU referendum have been slashed to 1/1. Bookies Paddy Power and William Hill now believe that there's a 50/50 chance that the UK will vote on EU membership again. The odds shortened to 8/11 after Theresa May cancelled the vote on her Brexit deal, and then were slashed to evens in the hours before she won the vote of no confidence last night. As a spokesperson from Paddy Power said, "Theresa May has been more in and out than the Hokey Cokey. “Given that she’s Remaining in power, for now, would it really be a surprise if she performed another EU turn?” MPs have demanded a second referendum on Brexit to break the deadlock in Parliament. Theresa May has insisted one will not happen. But Remain-backing MPs believe they could force one if they use amendments to take control of the Brexit process after January 21. And Labour is keeping the option of a second referendum on … [Read more...] about Odds slashed on second EU referendum as Brexit engulfed in chaos
Tomorrow is a historic day for Britain, as MPs decide whether to accept or reject Theresa May's Brexit deal. The so called 'Meaningful Vote' will take place tomorrow at 7pm, after the deal is debated throughout the day. No one knows exactly what will happen if the deal is rejected - which is highly likely with at least 90 MPs saying they'll vote the deal down. But the bookies are getting in on the action and offering odds on a variety of bets you might fancy. Theresa May's future The markets are, it's fair to say, somewhat messy. Betfair are currently offering 1/2 that "Theresa May will still be Prime Minister when the UK leaves the EU." So good news for the PM? Well, not quite - they're also offering 5/6 that "2+ PMs will be involved in the UK's Brexit negotiations before 1/4/19" The UK to rejoin? Also on offer is 5/6 that "The UK will apply to rejoin the EU by 2027." Paddy Power are offering 5/6 that "Two or more different PMs will be involved in the UK's Brexit negotiations before … [Read more...] about Latest odds on Theresa May’s Brexit deal and whether Corbyn will be PM