Could Theresa May be on the verge of achieving a Brexit Christmas miracle?
Less than a month after May survived a no-confidence challenge from within her own party after members of the European Council repudiated her pleas for a meaningful concession on the Irish backstop, support for May’s unpopular Brexit plan is finally gathering steam, with several rebellious members of the European Research Group and the Democratic Unionist Party apparently ready to support her plan at a vote next month.
To be sure, this support is predicated on the notion that May will be able to win a concession from the EU if her first meaningful vote – scheduled for Jan. 14 – fails. May’s chief negotiator, Ollie Robbins, reportedly returned to Brussels last week to continue talks with the European Commission, after the EU said that talks between the two sides had ceased. Robbins is reportedly hoping to strike a deal by the end of the second week in January.