The British prime minister, after days of turmoil over Brexit, said in a television interview that she would head back to Brussels this week, where European leaders are scheduled to discuss a draft agreement on Sunday. But anything can happen before then to upend the process.
The deal, reluctantly approved by her cabinet last week, looks unlikely to get a signoff from Parliament. And Mrs. May faces more threats at home.
There has been growing momentum for a second referendum, which could force a vote on the terms of the deal and the option to remain in the E.U., and Mrs. May could face a leadership challenge via a secretive panel called the 1922 committee. The group has been collecting letters from members of Mrs. May’s own party stating they’ve lost confidence in her; if the committee receives 48 letters, it can trigger a no-confidence vote.
Meanwhile, a U.N. poverty expert reported that the British government’s austerity policies are directly linked to a rise in poverty. Brexit, he said, “poses particular risks for people in poverty, but the government appears to be treating this as an afterthought.”
Above, the Houses of Parliament in London.
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