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

Pauline Gross
January 13, 2019

The Foreign Secretary appealed to MPs to come together behind a Withdrawal Agreement which is "not perfect" but "broadly delivers Brexit".

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the Daily Mail that the party risked cheating and isolating the millions of United Kingdom citizens who voted to leave the European Union, ending its 350-year period of "moderate" politics.

Meanwhile, Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd declined three times to say whether she would resign if a no-deal Brexit took place.

On Monday the debate on the meaningful vote on Mrs May's deal will resume for a fourth day.

In a significant shift of tone apparently created to win over hardline Brexiteers who have set their faces against Mrs May's deal, Mr Hunt warned that defeat next week would not necessarily provide MPs with the opportunity to choose their preferred version of Brexit.

Blocking Brexit could lead to a surge in far-right extremism in the United Kingdom, the transport secretary has said.

Hunt continued: "If this deal is rejected, ultimately what we may end up with is not a different type of Brexit, but Brexit paralysis".

"I'm saying this would be [an] incredibly damaging breach of trust and it would also be very bad for Britain's reputation overseas, having chose to leave the European Union, if we in the end for whatever reasons found we weren't able to do". "We ignore that and the will of the people at our peril". "That is something that we would regret for many, many generations". "I just can't see how it happens with that configuration of Parliament".

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Mr Hunt said: "It's now looking much less likely that Parliament would allow a no-deal outcome anyway".

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".

The EU is adamant the legally binding 585-page withdrawal agreement can't be reopened, but EU officials are looking for diplomatic wording that could sway reluctant United Kingdom lawmakers.

"We are checking with Downing Street what the clarifications could amount to" to help May get the deal approved", he said. "Instead of embarking on another fruitless effort of renegotiation, it is time to hand this crucial decision back to the people".

Although the British Prime Minister had postponed the vote which had originally been set for December in order to get enough lawmakers from her own party or others to back the deal she has made with Brussels, she is still reportedly expected to lose the vote. I think that what we are seeing is the house asserting itself in the face of its concerns about no deal.

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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