Increased risk United Kingdom parliament acts to frustrate Britain's European Union exit - Brexit minister

Pauline Gross
January 13, 2019

Ministers have warned the United Kingdom faces Brexit "paralysis" if this happens.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that a failure to support her Brexit deal will be catastrophic for Britain.

While Grayling stopped short of predicting riots on the street if Brexit was weakened or reversed, he painted a picture of a "less tolerant society" and a "more nationalistic nation", as indicated by the incident with pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry.

He appealed to MPs who have spent months fighting for their "number one top favourite outcome" to come together behind a Withdrawal Agreement which is "not perfect" but "broadly delivers Brexit".

Meanwhile, No 10 is said to be alarmed at the prospect of MPs taking control of Brexit if Tuesday's vote is lost.

"We will table a motion of no confidence in the government at a time of our choosing, but it's going to be soon, don't worry about it", Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC on Sunday.

Although Corbyn recently described no-deal preparations as "Project Fear" and the leader's office is understood to believe that the Prime Minister would not countenance no deal, he argued today that a negotiated deal must be approved to avoid leaving the European Union without a deal.

In addition to recommending that MPs reject both a no-deal Brexit and the Prime Minister's deal, the letter states that the European Union should be asked to extend Article 50 beyond the current March 29 deadline, with a view to then supporting a new referendum on European Union membership.

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Meanwhile, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd said she is "committed" to ensuring that the United Kingdom does not leave without a deal.

Mr Barclay told Marr: "What recent events have shown, with events over the last week with what happened on the legal advice where the Government was forced to act in a way it didn't want to, is the uncertainty in terms of what will happen in the House has increased".

Mr Hunt warned: "If we were, as a political class, not to deliver Brexit, that would be a fundamental breach of trust between the people and the politicians".

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling insisted the Government has put forward a "sensible compromise deal" before denying troops were being sought to help with no-deal Brexit traffic plans.

The speaker has been "religiously fair", says Corbyn.

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".

"I think that it is possible that certain types of food that are seasonable and come directly from the continent could be impacted to a limited degree. I just can't see how it happens with that configuration of Parliament".

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