UK Prime Minister Theresa May postponed the final vote on Brexit, thereby avoiding a parliamentary showdown, noting that she will head to Brussels to discuss “clear concerns” over the deal.

The Prime Minister confirmed in a statement to MPs that she had delayed the “meaningful vote” on the Brexit agreement with the EU, which had been previously scheduled for Tuesday night, saying she will instead head to an EU summit in Brussels this week to discuss the "clear concerns" of MPs about her deal's so-called backstop arrangement, Sky News reported.

May, who reportedly spent the whole weekend holding telephone calls with a series of EU leaders, including European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, still defended her deal. She said that if the House wants to leave the EU with a deal, it should be prepared to make compromises.

In response to May’s statement, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn said that May and her government had “lost control of events and is in complete disarray.” 

The Northern Irish DUP party, which is in coalition with the Conservatives, was also left unsatisfied. DUP leader Arlene Foster claimed that the delay to a vote on the Brexit deal “sums up the chaotic nature of the government's approach to these negotiations”.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon accused May of “pathetic cowardice” by avoiding the vote on the deal, noting that May chose the interests of her own party over the interests of the whole country.

The decision to delay the vote has also revitalized the opposition to the deal among Conservative Brexiteers. Jacob Rees-Mogg, who chairs the European Research Group of Conservative Eurosceptic MPs, renewed his threat to May's occupancy of 10 Downing Street, saying that this is what two years of May’s attempts to do Brexit had led to.