A politics professor from Staffordshire believes the nation is in a “constitutional crisis” following Theresa May’s decision to postpone today’s Brexit vote in Parliament.
The Prime Minister justified the postponement on the grounds “there is widespread and deep concern” over the Irish border backstop in the Brexit negotiations.
She addressed the House of Commons yesterday after three days of various debates on the withdrawal agreement.
The decision came after The European Court of Justice announced the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50, posing a possibility for Brexit negotiations to be cancelled.
Professor Mick Temple, a retired Politics and Journalism professor from Staffordshire University, said: “In my lifetime I don’t think I have known such a constitutional crisis that has emerged from this.
“We are leading into wholly unchartered territory.”
Prof Temple outlined several possibilities of a no-vote on the Brexit deal and emphasised that “it could be that Labour call for a vote of no-confidence”.
Conservatives must decide whether to get behind Mrs May or “throw her to the wolves”, added Prof Temple.
The Brexit referendum vote rocked the country back in 2016 and we have continued to feel the wrath of the negotiations since then.
Prof Temple said: “In the immediate aftermath of the vote, I have never known a country divided in the way that it was.
“And there is a real danger, and many Conservative MPs have played this up, that there will be civil unrest.”
In her speech, Mrs May said: “A second referendum risks dividing the country again and we should be striving to be bring it back together again.”
Professor Temple added that if a second referendum was to take place “at least 40-45% of people would feel incredibly betrayed by the fact their vote in the referendum has effectively been overturned”.