British PM warns of "catastrophe" in last minute plea for Brexit deal
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jan 14, 2019,
Jan 14, 2019, 1:12
Mr Farage made the comments after it was revealed that Remainers are plotting to overturn Parliamentary protocol in efforts to stop the United Kingdom leaving on WTO terms should Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal be voted down on Tuesday - which is the most likely scenario.
He told Marr: "Clearly if Theresa May's deal is voted down, clearly if a general election takes place and a Labour government comes in - an election would take place February, March time - clearly there's only a few weeks between that and the leave date, there would have to be time for those negotiations".
Pressed on what happens if the deal is defeated, Mr Barclay said he suspected the Commons would support something "along the lines of this deal" but declined to speculate on whether the government had a Brexit "plan B" lined up.
May, in a Sunday Express op-ed, said opponents of her deal risk letting down the majority that voted to leave the European Union in 2016.
Failing to do so "would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy", she wrote in a commentary published by the Sunday Express.
"So my message to Parliament this weekend is simple: It is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country".
A defeat would leave Britain on course to leave the European Union with no new trading arrangements in place.
Tory MPs including Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and Sir Edward Leigh said they would support the Government in the meaningful vote.
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He has since become a vocal critic of the Government's Brexit plans, urging ministers to take a tougher stance in divorce talks. If they fail, an election would be called.
The Labour leader has said his party does not have the votes in parliament to win a confidence vote on its own and has appealed to other parties to support it. If a confidence vote failed, he'd be under pressure to back a second Brexit referendum, risking a backlash from the many Labour supporters who voted to leave the EU.
Corbyn said that if he forced an election and his party won, Brexit may have to be delayed while a new government negotiated a revised deal with the EU. "We will do everything we can to prevent a no-deal exit".
Under the rebels' plan, reported in the Sunday Times, the government could lose control of parliamentary business, which could threaten Brexit legislation and its ability to govern.
Ian Blackford said MPs must take control of the Brexit process and ensure a no-deal outcome is avoided.
Speaking ahead of a crucial week for Brexit, the Conservative MP said that "there would be huge uncertainty" about what kind of checks will be required on imports.
He told Sky News's Sophy Ridge On Sunday he talks to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson "quite regularly" about no-deal Brexit planning.
"I still think that passing this deal is the responsible thing to do".