May warns MPs that killing off Brexit deal would be a 'catastrophe'

Frederick Owens
January 13, 2019

MPs continue to be divided on the plans, with a number of pro-Remainers calling for Mrs May's deal to be voted down, and some ardent Leavers pushing for the same result to ensure a no-deal Brexit.

Business secretary Greg Clark, also writing in the Observer, has appealed to pro-Brexit Labour MPs to back May's deal, insisting that the government would protect workers rights when the United Kingdom is outside the EU.

"Brexit paralysis potentially leading to no Brexit is something I think would be incredibly damaging for the long-term future of this country".

"I'm saying this would be (an) incredibly damaging breach of trust and it would also be very bad for Britain's reputation overseas, having made a decision to leave the European Union, if we in the end for whatever reasons found we weren't able to do it".

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.

In what she described as the "biggest and most important decision that any MP of our generation will be asked to make", the Prime Minister said it was time for politicians to "deliver" for the people.

Theresa May has warned of a "catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust" in democracy if MPs reject her Brexit deal and the United Kingdom remains in the European Union.

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He explained it was not possible for the minority Tory administration to control what happened in Parliament, noting how John Bercow, the Speaker, had shown that he was "willing to frustrate the Government at every opportunity". One senior figure said that a "legally copper-bottomed" plan had already been drawn up to "give parliament control of the Brexit negotiation and stop a no-deal Brexit" should May's deal be voted down.

Roy Hattersley, the Labour grandee, says the British people should have a vote on Theresa May's deal. The only deal we have is the withdrawal agreement'.

Meanwhile, James Starkie, a former Vote Leave campaigner and ex-adviser to Environment Secretary Michael Gove, has told the BBC that a no-deal Brexit could have an impact on food imports from Europe.

Hinting the March 29 Article 50 deadline could be extended, Hunt said: "If this deal is rejected, ultimately what we may end up with is not a different type of Brexit but Brexit paralysis".

Northern Ireland Secretary Karen Bradley said a no-deal exit would create a "feeling of unrest".

"I'm sure it will create feeling of unrest with people in all parts of the United Kingdom who didn't want to see us leave the European Union".

"I think it's now looking much less likely that parliament would allow a no-deal outcome anyway", he said. Labour campaigners for a second referendum claim that the party's policy forum has received more than 13,000 emails and letters urging Corbyn to oppose Brexit.

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