British Prime Minister Theresa May insists she will remain in office even if parliament rejects her controversial deal on withdrawing from the European Union.
“My job is making sure that we do what the public asked us to: we leave the EU but we do it in a way that's good for them,” May told the ITV on Monday, adding, “I will still have a job in two weeks' time.”
May’s defiant tone comes amid widespread call on her to resign if the House of Commons rejects a Brexit deal she has put forward to the chamber after two years of negotiation with the EU.
The deal has faced huge criticism from both May’s Conservative Party as well as the opposition Labour Party. Other groups, especially those from Scotland and Northern Ireland, also see the deal as a threat to the economy and well-being of their regions.
The criticism has caused many to believe that May would lose the parliament vote and would be forced to either step down and allow another Conservative lawmaker to take over Brexit talks or call early elections.
May, who is in the midst of a massive public campaign to sell the Brexit deal, has ruled out both scenarios, saying Britain will leave the EU on March 29, 2019, even if the deal is rejected in parliament.
She again reiterated in her interview to the ITV that a second Brexit referendum, as proposed by key figures in the opposition, was not possible.
"People are talking about a second vote when we haven't even delivered on the first vote,” she said while referring to the June 23, 2016 vote on Brexit when people decided for Britain to leave the EU after more than 40 years.
May’s cabinet ministers said Monday that media reports suggesting that she is trying to postpone the parliament vote on Brexit, because she feared a defeat, were not true and the session would go ahead as planned on December 11.