UK Official: Brexit's At Risk if Lawmakers Reject May's Deal
Brexit is at risk of being lost altogether if lawmakers reject U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May's latest deal.
That's what British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt told the BBC on Sunday. May's been trying to negotiate last-minute changes with European Union leaders ahead of a parliamentary vote on the agreement this week.
The U.K. is set to leave the EU on March 29, but Parliament still hasn't agreed to the terms of the withdrawal. One issue is the Northern Ireland backstop .
It's a policy designed to prevent a hard border with Ireland after Brexit, but critics are concerned that it would keep the U.K. tied to the EU.
May's first Brexit proposition was defeated by lawmakers in a historic vote in January.
If her plan is rejected again, there'll be a vote on leaving the EU without a deal, and then potentially a vote on delaying the departure date. That's what Hunt is wary of.
He told the BBC that some members of Parliament wanted to "kill" the deal in the hopes of snagging a delay, with the goal of ultimately holding another referendum. Parliament is scheduled to vote for a second time on May's withdrawal deal on Tuesday. Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN .
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