Britain’s former Brexit Secretary David Davis has called for a second deferral of parliament’s vote on a European Union withdrawal agreement, saying that would force the EU to make concessions in order to avoid a disorderly divorce in March.
Davis said on Thursday that Prime minister Theresa May should delay a planned vote in the House of Commons on the Brexit agreement reached mid-January to compel the EU that it should agree to a better deal with Britain.
“I have always said that the EU would push and push until finally we reach a resolution at the eleventh hour,” said Davis in an opinion piece written in the Daily Telegraph.
In early December, May decided to pull an original vote in the Commons out of fears that a majority of the lawmakers in the chamber would reject her Brexit agreement.
The British premier had since then tried to seek more assurances from the EU on a controversial clause in the deal which many critics say could make Britain a colony of the EU after Brexit.
However, members of May’s Conservative Party as well as opponents in the opposition have said such assurances will not be enough and they are going to reject the withdrawal agreement in the final parliament vote.
May has said that if the Commons reject her Brexit deal, Britain will have no option but to implement a no-deal Brexit on March 29, 2019.
Davis, a fierce critic of May’s Brexit deal who resigned from the cabinet in July in protest to the premier’s withdrawal strategy, said a second deferral of the Commons vote on the Brexit agreement would make the EU understand the real costs of Britain’s disorderly exit from the bloc.
He said the EU would finally bow to London’s pressure for a better deal as it desperately needs the 39 billion pounds that Britain has promised to pay to the bloc as part of a compensation scheme.
“The more we prepare to leave the EU without a deal, the more likely a good deal becomes,” said Davis.