that rejecting May’s deal could see Brexit delayed indefinitely.
The promises moved some previously resistant Brexit-backers to support the deal. Former Forei
gn Secretary Boris Johnson — a likely contender to replace May as Conservative Party leader — twe
eted that rejecting it risked “being forced to accept an even worse version of Brexit or losing Brexit altogether.”
But the Democratic Unionist Party in Northern Ireland, with 10 seats in the House
of Commons, has refused to back the agreement because it treats Northern Ireland differently from the rest of the UK.
Parliament voted on the legally binding, 585-page withdrawal agreement that May agreed upon with the EU late las
t year. It set out the terms of Britain’s departure — including its financial divorce settlement with the EU and the rights of EU and U.K. cit
izens after Brexit — but not a shorter declaration on future ties, which is also part of the agreed-upon divorce deal.
Removing the political declaration from the Brexit vote altered the deal enough to over
come a parliamentary ban against asking lawmakers the same question over and over again.