UK leader May: Brexit critics risk damaging UK democracy

PA Wire  PA Images The government is preparing for potential gridlock on roads near ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit

PA Wire PA Images The government is preparing for potential gridlock on roads near ports in the event of a no-deal Brexit

MPs from all parties have vowed to vote down the deal when it returns to parliament in a week's time.

A deal setting out the terms of the United Kingdom's divorce from the European Union has been agreed to between the prime minister and the European Union, but it must pass a vote in Britain's Parliament before it is formally adopted.

But it needs to pass a vote by MPs before it is accepted.

Lawmakers are resuming debate on the deal Wednesday, before a vote expected to be held around January 15.

As a cross-party group of MPs, business leaders and representatives, we are united in our determination that the UK must not crash out of the European Union without a deal.

The MPs are set to vote on two amendments to the Finance Bill, which grants funds to the Treasury to spend on implementing no deal arrangements, on Tuesday.

But parliamentary opposition to her deal remains fierce, with the main sticking point being the safety net "backstop" measure - which would guarantee no hard border is erected on the island of Ireland in the event that post-Brexit trade negotiations between the United Kingdom and the bloc prove unsuccessful.

Mr Davies told BBC Radio Wales' Sunday Supplement programme that it is "very unlikely" Mrs May will win the vote.

"The only way to both honour the result of the referendum and protect jobs and security is by backing the deal that is on the table".

The prime minister also defended herself against critics by asking them to provide an alternative to the plan she had negotiated. "She wouldn't have invited us to come in and see her if she didn't".

"It's also impossible to say whether public opinion is in favour of a second referendum or not because answers to that question have varied basically as a function of the question that's being asked", he added.

Instead, Dame Caroline said, it creates a "platform", which would "stabilise the economy and give reassurance to manufacturing".

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"If we as a new, incoming Labour government were to go to Europe without those red lines we know that we could get a different, better deal and that's what we want to try and achieve".

Analysts said May's comments to the BBC did little to hide the fact the British leader has no "gamechanger" amendments to the proposed withdrawal agreement capable of swinging the parliamentary arithmetic in her favour.

"Taking a step back and at least agreeing we're not going to crash out without a deal means that on 29 March we're not just going to fall over the cliff edge".

On her own future, Mrs May refused to put a timescale on her departure.

The DUP - which Mrs May's Conservative Party relies on for a majority in Parliament - has said it will not back the deal.

Pro-Remain MPs are targeting the Government's finances as part of a last-ditch effort to prevent a no-deal Brexit, taking inspiration from the U.S. government shutdown now suffered by Donald Trump.

'I do not believe Parliament would support no deal and Ministers should rule it out now.

Writing in the Telegraph on Monday, Brexiteer Mr Johnson said of all the options suggested, the no-deal option is "gaining in popularity" and dismissed the warnings against it which he said were "downright apocalyptic". "The issue of the backstop is not yet over", the source said. They range from a no-deal Brexit to not leaving at all.

He said support for leaving without a deal was "hardening".

Describing what would happen if she was defeated, May told the BBC: "We're going to be in uncharted territory".

As well as the invite to all signatories of the letter to Downing Street, Mrs May has also invited all Tory MPs to drinks receptions on Monday and Wednesday.

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