British PM warns of "catastrophe" in last minute plea for Brexit deal
British PM warns of "catastrophe" in last minute plea for Brexit deal
There are continuing pro and anti Brexit demonstrators outside the Houses of Parliament in London
13 January, 2019, 18:44
My message to Parliament this weekend is simple: it is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country. May is expected to suffer a big defeat when parliament votes on Tuesday.
The Transport Secretary added that the millions who voted to Leave the European Union would feel "cheated" and putting a stop to Britain's withdrawal from the EU could end centuries of "moderate" politics the United Kingdom has enjoyed since the English Civil War.
Jeremy Corbyn has dashed hopes he could back a so-called "People's Vote" by saying he wants a renegotiated Brexit deal.
The risk of the British parliament seeking to frustrate Brexit has increased, Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Sunday.
He also suggested free movement of people from the European Union to the United Kingdom could continue after Brexit under a Labour Government.
"You, the British people, voted to leave", Mrs May wrote.
Labour is also set to vote against the deal, but leader Jeremy Corbyn has resisted growing calls from within his own party to get behind another European Union referendum, insisting a general election is still his top priority if the deal is rejected.
Corbyn conceded if the party won power, parliament would likely need to delay Brexit beyond March 29 so it could renegotiate the withdrawal agreement.
Lawmakers in the United Kingdom are set to vote Tuesday on May's Brexit plan after she shelved plans for a December vote when it became clear she would lose that vote.
Lawmakers are set to vote on May's Brexit deal on Tuesday, after she shelved plans for a vote in December when it became clear that not enough lawmakers from her own party or others would back the deal she agreed with Brussels.
It was the second setback in 24 hours for the prime minister, after MPs also voted to deny the government certain taxation powers in a no-deal scenario - an attempt to scupper that prospect.
Her stark warning comes as Downing Street said it was "extremely concerned" about a cross-party group of MPs attempts to change Commons rules.
Under the rebels' plan, reported in the Sunday Times, the Government would lose control of parliamentary business which would threaten Brexit legislation and the Government's ability to govern.
"I am working on ways to achieve that outcome", Boles added, noting he would publish the plan on Tuesday.
He said if it is defeated, Britain should continue to press the European Union for a deal that "respects the referendum but if Brussels' "intransigence" persists "we must be willing to leave the European Union at the end of March on World Trade Organisation terms".
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Scottish Labour deputy leader Lesley Laird said the Mrs May had lost control at Westminster, as well as within her own party. Furthermore, unlike a No Confidence vote in the government, it will not automatically be allocated time in Parliament.
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