UK PM May: Failure to Back Her Brexit Plan Would Be ‘Catastrophic’

Jan 14, 2019, 02:46
UK PM May: Failure to Back Her Brexit Plan Would Be ‘Catastrophic’

A special leaders' summit to push back Brexit day is expected to be convened by the European council president, Donald Tusk, once a United Kingdom request is received.

Were such a plan to succeed, the government would lose control of parliamentary business, threatening its ability to govern, putting Brexit legislation at risk.

'When you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard, ' she said.

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

"The country does have a right to know what members of parliament are for, not just what they are against, and it's important that the house comes to a view as to what it can back", Barclay said.

The Government also tried to pressure resistant MPs by saying their refusal to fall in line could result in Britain remaining a member of the EU.

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Corbyn said he'd prefer to see a negotiated deal than a second referendum.

The Prime Minister faces widespread opposition to the existing agreement, primarily because of language created to prevent the reintroduction of physical border controls between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Mr Hunt suggested that legally binding assurances from Brussels over the deal's controversial backstop arrangements should be enough to allay the fears of many MPs over the long-term impact of the agreement.

A "technical" extension until July is a probable first step to give May extra time to revise and ratify the current deal once Downing Street has a clear idea as to what will command a majority in the Commons.

The UK is poised to leave the EU on March 29, two years after it triggered Article 50, the exit clause in the EU's constitution, and kick-started arduous negotiations with European leaders over a divorce deal.

The "technical" extension to the Article 50 period being considered by the European Union would mean Brexit would be postponed until at least July - more than three years after the 2016 referendum.

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The BBC estimates that May's deal is likely to be supported by about 240 MPs, far short of the number needed for passage.

Speaking the day before MPs vote on her withdrawal agreement, the PM will claim that some in Westminster will use "every device available to them" to "delay or even stop Brexit". That's much sooner than would have otherwise been the case.

He said: "What recent events have shown, with events over the last week with what happened on the legal advice where the Government was forced to act in a way it didn't want to, is the uncertainty in terms of what will happen in the House has increased".

Former Conservative prime minister John Major wrote in the Sunday Times that the government itself should revoke Article 50 and ask parliament to consult on the options before calling another referendum.

It says that a leaders' summit to push back Brexit is expected to be convened once a British request is received.

One of May's opponents in the Labour Party said he would table a vote of no confidence in the government if she loses.

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