UK PM May: Rejecting Brexit would be catastrophic

14 January, 2019, 10:22 | Author: Carlos George
  • Anti-Brexit protesters outside Parliament as Jeremy Hunt warned that failing to pass Mrs May's deal could mean no Brexit

Meanwhile, Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: "There are lots of different plans being put forward by Members of Parliament that don't respect the result (of the referendum) or risk no deal".

Brexit-backers argue that May should go back to the European Union and renegotiate the most contentious parts of the deal before putting a revised agreement to a vote, though Brussels has indicated there's little room for compromise. "It would be a catastrophe", Juncker said.

"We are checking with Downing Street what the clarifications could amount to". No deal for me is simply not plausible'. "It would be a catastrophe".

Mr Hunt said that if Mrs May's deal was defeated then there was a real chance of "Brexit paralysis" that could lead to Britain's planned exit being stopped.

The UK is poised to leave the EU on March 29, two years after it triggered Article 50, the exit clause in the EU's constitution, and kick-started arduous negotiations with European leaders over a divorce deal.

"It couldn't be simpler and I have to say, I did think on that day, 'That's it. So we need to explore what those circumstances might be and have an opinion so that how we can proceed from there".

The Labour leader again refused to confirm that an immediate challenge to the government would take place if May, as expected, loses Tuesday's key vote on her Brexit plan.

At regular protests outside Parliament, where pro and anti-Brexit demonstrators have been a regular sight for months, far-right groups have targeted MPs and journalists - particularly those members of May's Conservative Party who are skeptical of Brexit or support holding another referendum.

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Stoltenberg said in a tweet Friday that the agreement is "an important contribution to a stable and prosperous region". Representatives of the opposition VMRO-DPMNE boycotted the vote that took place on January 11.

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It says that a leaders' summit to push back Brexit is expected to be convened once a British request is received.

"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 it".

"We'll have a much more informed debate than was the case in 2016 - we had a slogan on the side of a bus - and I think it's only right, now that we know what the consequences of Brexit will be, that we allow the people to determine what they want".

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.

Blocking Brexit could "open the door" to "extremist" populist political forces in the United Kingdom, and the millions who voted to Leave the European Union would feel "cheated", a Cabinet minister has warned. "I just can't see how it happens with that configuration of Parliament". "We have seen from this week that parliament has the ability to assert itself and to shape outcomes".

Lawmakers who believe it either leaves Britain too close or too distant from the bloc, fired ominous warning shots this week, voting to force the prime minister to quickly set out an alternative plan for Brexit if she loses the vote.

"Brexit paralysis potentially leading to no Brexit is something I think would be incredibly damaging for the long-term future of this country".

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