Comments by UK PM spokesman, James Slack

  • Date is still subject to parliament approval
  • May is still seeking assurances on backstop
  • Reaffirms that government policy is not to extend Article 50
  • If there are assurances on Brexit deal, important that lawmakers are made aware of them before the vote

Slack is basically highlighting what was discussed earlier today as May held a meeting with Cabinet members. I believe they will be proposing the date of 15 January tomorrow, which is likely to be agreed upon since the vote can't come any earlier as the business motion has already been put in place.