'Brexit paralysis' could lead to United Kingdom remaining in European Union, warns Jeremy Hunt

Blanche Robertson
January 13, 2019

Writing in the Sunday Express, Mrs May pleaded with MPs to back her Brexit deal in Tuesday's crunch Commons vote.

It came after the Prime Minister warned of a "catastrophic and unforgivable" breach of trust in democracy if her exit plan is defeated and the United Kingdom remains in the EU.

Lawmakers fired ominous warning shots this week, voting to force May to quickly set out an alternative plan for Brexit if it is beaten.

"If the UK is a genuine partnership of nations it is essential that the views of the people of Scotland, the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Government are taken seriously, and not ignored, when the vote on the UK Government's deal takes place on Tuesday".

While Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay said there had been "some movement" from MPs to support the agreement which is widely expected to be defeated, he said he thought that if it fell the Commons would eventually support something "along the lines of this deal".

"Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades".

"And there is a problem that if you have a referendum and you tell everybody that you're going to observe the result and do what the people decide, the referendum was not about trade agreements, it was about whether as a country we want to take our own decisions in the world".

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

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

The Sunday Times said a group of senior cross-party backbench rebels are now plotting to change House of Commons rules to enable them to override government business if the deal falls.

It said Downing Street was "extremely concerned" about the possibility, which could see lawmakers then delay Brexit through new legislation.

In the first, MPs backed an amendment aimed at making it more hard to leave the European Union without a deal.

He used an article in the Sunday Telegraph to urge MPs to vote down Mrs May's "bad" deal to send a message to Brussels that the United Kingdom "will not be bullied".

He added: "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".

Labour peer Lord Andrew Adonis, who is a prominent Remainer, slammed Grayling and in a tweet wrote: "At the end of Brexit there should a one clause bill banning Grayling from holding any further public office ... unless of course it's overturned by a people's vote".

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