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    'FRIT': Thatcher's Word for May as Parliament Blasts UK PM for Brexit Vote Delay

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    British Prime Minister Theresa May addressed the House of Commons on Monday, announcing a delay in the Brexit deal vote by UK lawmakers. She was imminently buried under an avalanche of condemnation.

    In response to Theresa May's statement, the Speaker of the House John Bercow said that the decision to postpone the 'meaningful vote' has been leaked to the media in advance, before the parliament was advised.

    "Halting the debate… will be thought by many members of this House to be deeply discourteous."

    Bercow said that a more democratic procedure would be for the PM to put the delay to a vote, rather than the PM making a unilateral decision. His subtle remark comes days after Theresa May's government was found guilty of the contempt of the Parliament — a first for a British Cabinet in modern history.

    READ MORE: 1st Time in Modern History: UK Gov't Ministers Found in Contempt of Parliament

    The PM's spokesperson however confirmed that the decision to delay the ‘meaningful vote' will not be put to a Commons vote.

    The final stages of the Brexit negotiations have rocked the relationship between the government and the House of Commons, consisting of MPs representing the British public. The House has challenged and won a battle with the government over the transparency of Brexit talks and the Cabinet's accountability to the Parliament, which led Mrs. May to concede and admit on Monday:

    "I am clear from what I have heard in this place and from my own conversations that these elements do not offer a sufficient number of colleagues the reassurance that they need. I spoke to a number of EU leaders over the weekend and in advance of the European Council I will go to see my counterparts in other member states and the leadership of the Council and the Commission. I will discuss with them the clear concerns that this House has expressed."

    May failed to enlist the MPs' support on the issue of Irish border 'backstop', with her coalition partners — the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) of Northern Ireland — at the forefront of the opposition.

    The time frame of yet another May's Euro-tour — meetings with EU leaders, who are reportedly open to discussions on the backstop —  was questioned by the leader of the opposition Jeremy Corbyn and other MPs.

    Labour MP Dennis Skinner addressed the PM and accused her of handing over the power to "the people she is going to negotiate with over there in Europe."

    "She looks very weak and she is. The power that they want is to be able to demonstrate to every other country that might be thinking of getting out of the EU that that's what Britain is doing… Mrs. Thatcher had a word for it, what she [Theresa May] has done today? F-R-I-T. She is frit," Mr. Skinner said.

    Amid criticism and laughter heard from the MP benches on Monday, the PM reaffirmed the determination to leave the EU on March 29.

    Meanwhile, as more uncertainty was added to the future of Brexit negotiations, the UK economy reacted according with the pound dropping to its lowest in 18 months.

    READ MORE: Pound Sterling Drops Amid Reports of British PM Delaying Brexit Parliament Vote

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