Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

United Kingdom risks Brexit paralysis and possibly no Brexit at all: Foreign minister

United Kingdom risks Brexit paralysis and possibly no Brexit at all: Foreign minister

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. An overwhelming 66 per cent say she should carry on in No 10 if she loses on Tuesday, with only 26 per cent in favour of her stepping down.

A senior shadow cabinet member said: "There is now recognition that we can not wait any longer".

Senior Tories said last night that they could not see how the prime minister could win the meaningful vote "in any circumstances" and that a defeat by less than 100 would now be regarded as the best she could hope for.

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

He believes that if the PMs deal on Brexit is not backed by Parliament then the United Kingdom could remain in the EU.

But many MPs also object to the no deal Brexit, calling for either Article 50 to be extended or revoked, or a second referendum to allow the general public to decide the next move.

Roy Hattersley, the Labour grandee, says the British people should have a vote on Theresa May's deal.

"If not, we risk a break with the British tradition of moderate, mainstream politics that goes back to the Restoration in 1660".

"MPs will have to decide in January if the balance struck by this compromise is an acceptable way forward and after careful consideration I have chose to support the government in that vote". "There will be complete panic and they will all come crying back to us saying oh please take us back", he told The Daily Express. It is understood some believe that joining a permanent customs union with the EU could be enough to secure a Commons majority for May's deal.

The source also said there would be a "releasing of dossiers" critical of the rival plan backed by some Tory and Labour MPs for Norway-style membership of the single market "to kill it off once and for all".

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.

"What is more likely if this deal is rejected is that we have the risk of Brexit paralysis and when that happens no one knows what might happen and the big risk, and what people worry about, is that we don't actually deliver what people voted for", Jeremy Hunt told Sky News.

Some 30 per cent of Labour voters also think MPs should support her deal, a similar eight point increase, with 51 per cent against.

He appealed to MPs who have spent months fighting for their "number one top favourite outcome" to come together behind a Withdrawal Agreement which was "not perfect" but "broadly delivers Brexit". He pledges to back an amendment proposed by Labour MPs on the issue.

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