UK PM May: Rejecting Brexit would be catastrophic

Clay Curtis
January 13, 2019

This could end centuries of "moderate" politics in the United Kingdom, he said, as he urged his colleagues to back Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.

The prime minister has said rejecting it will throw Britain into "uncharted territory" and put the country at risk of crashing out without an agreement, or even no Brexit at all.

He also suggested free movement of people from the European Union to the United Kingdom could continue after Brexit under a Labour Government.

Writing in the Sunday Express, Mrs May said: "You, the British people, voted to leave".

If the government lose a no-confidence motion, there will be a period of 14 days in which parties can seek to find an alternative working majority in parliament.

Under the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, Labour can call a no-confidence motion which would most likely prompt a general election if May lost it.

He urged both pro-Remain and "hard Brexit" party colleagues to drop their "political game-playing" and row in behind Theresa May's deal.

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A group of British lawmakers, including some former Tory ministers, are working on a way to allow non-government members to take control of the timetable and bring legislation forward that would make it illegal to leave the European Union without a deal, if May loses the vote, according to the Sunday Times.

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.

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.

The Sunday Times, citing a senior government source, reported that rebel legislators were planning to wrest control of the legislative agenda away from May next week with a view to suspending or delaying Brexit.

Downing Street has reportedly said it is "extremely concerned" about the supposed plot, which it says could potentially overturn centuries of Parliamentary precedent.

Asked during an interview on BBC TV about the possibility of a second Brexit referendum, Corbyn said: "My own view is that I would rather get a negotiated deal now if we can to stop the danger of a no-deal exit from the European Union on 29 March which would be catastrophic for industry, catastrophic for trade".

He said "my own view is I would rather get a negotiated deal now" before adding that "everything" depends on Tuesday's critical vote.

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