Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Brexit: PM warns of 'catastrophic breach of trust'

Brexit: PM warns of 'catastrophic breach of trust'

May, who is fighting to save her withdrawal agreement negotiated with the bloc over 18 months of talks, told lawmakers they must not let down Brexit-backers in a crunch parliamentary vote Tuesday.

"Secondly, nearly exactly a year later there was a general election in which the two big parties explicitly promised in their manifestos that a vote for their parties was a vote to deliver Brexit".

A top European Union official said Friday the bloc wants to help Britain's prime minister avoid a no-deal departure from the EU, but insisted there can't be any renegotiation of the Brexit divorce deal.

'You have delivered your instructions.

"When you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard".

Theresa May faces nearly certain defeat when MPs vote on the deal on Tuesday. We can not - and must not - let you down.

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

My message to Parliament this weekend is simple: it is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country.

The Sunday Times reported 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.

He added that a "new process" of national consultation was needed, adding: 'No true democracy should deny a considered choice to its people'.

Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan has written in the Observer suggesting that Mrs May should step down and call a general election if she loses next week's vote.

It was not possible for the minority Tory administration to control what happened in parliament, and Speaker John Bercow had shown that he was "willing to frustrate the government at every opportunity", he said.

But former Brexit minister Dominic Raab said Britain should be prepared to leave with no arrangement in place.

Without a deal, Britain faces an abrupt break from the European Union on March 29, and there are fears it could involve chaotic scenes at borders, ports and airports.

Asked whether she agreed with Mr Hunt that the United Kingdom can 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".

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