British PM warns of catastrophe if lawmakers don't back Brexit deal

Nellie Chapman
January 13, 2019

In other reports on Sunday, it was revealed that Bercow had met with arch Remainer Dominic Grieve before the Speaker breached Commons precedent by allowing Grieves' amendment on Wednesday in attempts to derail a WTO Brexit.

Asked what he thought might happen on Tuesday, Mr Crabb said: "If MP's don't turn up on Tuesday willing to be pragmatic, willing to compromise, then the deal won't get through and we're into a period of political crisis".

"This is something I don't think has really been focused on", the Leave Means Leave co-chairman said on his Sunday LBC Radio show.

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.

"Under any scenario, people are going to be poorer, people are going to lose their jobs".

He added: "I would like the House of Commons now to take control because the prime minister has failed to give leadership".

Labour is also set to vote against the deal, but leader Jeremy Corbyn has resisted growing calls from within his own party to get behind another European Union referendum, insisting a general election is still his top priority if the deal is rejected.

"As politicians, we've got a responsibility to have a conversation with everybody that we now know that Brexit is going to be painful".

Mr Cable said this could be done by revoking Article 50, the mechanism which triggered the exit process, or by holding a second referendum.

"It will open the door to extremist populist political forces in this country of the kind we see in other countries in Europe", Mr Grayling told the paper.

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"I would love a general election because that would allow us to give a very clear statement to the Tory government as to where we're standing", he said.

MPs will gather at Westminster Monday to resume their marathon debate on the Brexit bill ahead of the vote early Tuesday evening.

"I don't like the prospect of a no-deal".

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.

Earlier on Friday UK foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said Brexit might not happen at all if May's deal was defeated.

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.

He warned Eurosceptics that they may not be able to rely on the clock ticking down to the default option of a no-deal Brexit on March 29 if Mrs May's deal is voted down.

In the event May's deal is rejected on Tuesday, her government will have just three days to bring a revised plan back to parliament.

More than 100 Conservative MPs have already declared their intention to vote against May's deal.

He also appeared to out at Labour over the continued confusion about what stance it would take on Brexit if it secured a snap general election.

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