This week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson suspended his Brexit plans after MPs blocked his proposed three-day timetable to pass the Withdrawal Agreement Bill. Now, the EU is mulling over an extension to Brexit while MPs consider Mr Johnson’s calls for a December 12 general election.
While Brexit by October 31 now looks impossible, there are still hopes from both the EU and UK that this deal will pass.
The EU has insisted this is all they will ever offer the UK but said a no deal scenario will never be the EU’s choice.
The UK has ramped up no deal preparations but reports from Downing Street are the senior ministers are arguing it is still possible to pass the bill.
On Thursday, the PM said he would give MPs more time to debate his Brexit deal if they backed a December 12 poll.
MEPs from Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party, the pro-EU Liberal Democrats and independents could also vote against the deal.
Though Labour MEPs belong to the Socialists & Democrats group in the European Parliament, some may deviate from the rest of the group.
Richard Corbett, a senior Labour MEP, told POLITICO he would vote against the deal, as it is “a bad deal for Britain and a bad deal for the EU”.
He added the agreement “would create a distant relationship between Britain and Europe”.
Alyn Smith, an MEP from the Scottish National Party and vice president of the Greens group in the European Parliament, said that if the deal passes in the House of Commons, “we’ll vote against it”.
Mr Smyth added: “I appreciate EU27 has to look after EU27 interests, but my job is to stop Brexit or go down fighting.”