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

European commission president Jean Claude Juncker speaking on Brexit in Romania on Thursday More

European commission president Jean Claude Juncker speaking on Brexit in Romania on Thursday More

Labour whips have told MPs the no-confidence vote is likely to be tabled within hours of a government loss, with the actual vote taking place on Wednesday.

MPs are widely expected to reject the deal, negotiated between the European Union and United Kingdom, with more than 100 Conservative MPs among those opposing it. As the protectors of our democracy, we simply can not allow this to happen.

British lawmakers, who look set to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal next week, are risking paralysis and Britain potentially not leaving the EU, Britain's foreign minister warned on Friday.

The vote will come just weeks after she delayed the same vote when it became clear MPs would not back the deal.

There are calls for him to trigger a confidence vote in the government but his shadow chancellor John McDonnell has said this would only be done when "the time is right".

Many Brexiteer lawmakers want a cleaner break from the European Union and its institutions but Hunt said parliament, where Britain's ruling Conservatives do not have a majority, would probably not allow the country to crash out of the bloc. And then, in the 2017 General Election, 80 per cent of you voted for MPs who stood on manifestos to respect that referendum result. Angela Smith, Labour MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, said: "The time for prevarication is over".

The simplest outcome to plot comes if Government wins the vote on the Withdrawal Agreement.

The vote had been scheduled to take place in December but was called off at the last minute by the prime minister, who was facing nearly certain defeat.

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Blocking Brexit could put an end to the centuries of "moderate" United Kingdom politics and "open the door" to extremists, a Cabinet minister has warned. He said: "Proposing a no-confidence motion is the first step for either scenario, and we need to get on with it". But many also dislike May's agreement, which has displeased both sides of Britain's Brexit divide.

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

Meanwhile, pro-Remain cabinet ministers are preparing to push for a softer Brexit this week.

While in the second they voted for the government to come back to the Commons with a plan B for Brexit within three days should it lose Tuesday's vote. This could be one option put forward in a series of indicative votes to test the views of MPs on alternatives if her plan is thrown out. 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.

Hunt also waded in on the row over Commons speaker John Bercow, who had drawn the ire of Tory MPs after choosing an amendment which effectively speeds up the government's Brexit timetable.

Asked whether she agreed with Mr Hunt that the United Kingdom could thrive after a no-deal Brexit, Ms Rudd told Today: "This is a strong and great country, we will find a way to succeed but I do not think that no-deal would be good for this country and I'm committed to making sure we find an alternative".

In the event her deal is rejected, some Brexiters have argued for the United Kingdom to leave without a deal.

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