EU's Oettinger sees a chance that British parliament will vote for Brexit deal

  • European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday there is still a chance that Britain's parliament will vote in favor of the Brexit agreement in January and that there was no public support for a disorderly Brexit or another referendum.
  • Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29.
  • Prime Minister Theresa May has struck a withdrawal agreement with Brussels but she was forced to postpone a parliamentary vote on it earlier this month after admitting she would lose by a large margin.
European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger speaks during a press conference titled 'EU Budget for the Future' in Brussels, Belgium on October
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European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger speaks during a press conference titled 'EU Budget for the Future' in Brussels, Belgium on October

European Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said on Thursday there is still a chance that Britain's parliament will vote in favor of the Brexit agreement in January and that there was no public support for a disorderly Brexit or another referendum.

Prime Minister Theresa May has struck a withdrawal agreement with Brussels but she was forced to postpone a parliamentary vote on it earlier this month after admitting she would lose by a large margin. Britain is due to leave the EU on March 29.

"It is not entirely unlikely that the British parliament will vote for the divorce agreement in January," Oettinger told Funke Media Group in an interview. "There is certainly no majority for a disorderly Brexit or for a new referendum."

Oettinger said that the likelihood of Britain remaining in the EU had increased slightly over the past few months.

"Nevertheless, I assume that it will come to an exit at the end of March," said Oettinger, the EU's budget commissioner.