A senior European Union official has expressed hope that the British parliament would approve a controversial deal on the country’s withdrawal from the bloc in an upcoming meeting in mid-January.
“It is not entirely unlikely that the British parliament will vote for the divorce agreement in January,” said EU Commissioner Guenther Oettinger on Thursday.
Many believe the House of Commons would reject the Brexit deal signed between the British government and the EU last month.
British Prime Minister Theresa May, who delayed an original parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal planned for December 11, has indicated that if the Commons vote down the agreement, Britain will most certainly exit the EU on March 29 in a disorderly manner. Another option for Britain could be a fresh referendum on Brexit which could allow the country to stay in the EU.
However, Oettinger said support for both scenarios, the no-deal Brexit and a second vote, were…