British PM warns of "catastrophe" in last minute plea for Brexit deal

13 January, 2019, 18:42 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after a confidence vote by Conservative Party Members of Parliament, in London Britain

Ministers have warned the United Kingdom faces Brexit "paralysis" if this happens.

"We will table a motion of no confidence in the government at a time of our choosing, but it's going to be soon, don't worry about that", Corbyn told BBC One's The Andrew Marr Show.

"Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy", May said.

Lawmakers who believe it either leaves Britain too close or too distant from the bloc, fired ominous warning shots this week, voting to force the prime minister to quickly set out an alternative plan for Brexit if she loses the vote.

She continued: "When you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard".

"Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades". Pressed on the timing he added: "We'll have the vote and then you'll see".

"So my message to Parliament this weekend is simple: It is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country".

It was previously thought only ministers could extend the two-year Article 50 process which, which governs how a member state leaves the EU.


Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the Daily Mail that the party risked cheating and isolating the millions of United Kingdom citizens who voted to leave the European Union, ending its 350-year period of "moderate" politics.

The Cabinet ministers were speaking as MPs prepared for the third day of debate in the House of Commons ahead of next Tuesday's crunch vote, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid opening proceedings which are expected to be dominated by the issue of migration.

It would see the United Kingdom keep the Withdrawal Agreement thrashed out by the prime minister with Brussels, but significantly rewrite the Political Declaration to state an intention to stay in the single market.

In a significant shift of tone apparently created to win over hardline Brexiteers who have set their faces against Mrs May's deal, Mr Hunt warned that defeat next week would not necessarily provide MPs with the opportunity to choose their preferred version of Brexit.

May's deal has come under fire from all sides - with opponents of the European Union seeking a cleaner break and many pro-Europeans pressing for a second referendum.

While in the second they voted for the government to come back to the Commons with a plan B for Brexit within three days should it lose Tuesday's vote.

While Grayling stopped short of predicting riots on the street if Brexit was weakened or reversed, he painted a picture of a "less tolerant society" and a "more nationalistic nation", as indicated by the incident with pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry.

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