British PM warns of "catastrophe" in last minute plea for Brexit deal


Many Brexiteer lawmakers want a cleaner break from the European Union and its institutions but Hunt said parliament, where Britain's ruling Conservatives do not have a majority, would probably not allow the country to crash out of the bloc.

According to the Sunday Times, the Government's chief whip Julian Smith briefed Mrs May on Friday after commissioning legal advice that said: "Without control over the order paper... the Government would lose its ability to govern". Mrs May is expected to suffer a big defeat when parliament votes on Tuesday.

The cross-party draft legislation published today by Mr Grieve, the Liberal Democrat leader Vince Cable and Lord Lisvane, the former clerk of the House of Commons, proposes another referendum in which voters would be given a choice between Mrs May's deal or staying in the EU.

The EU is preparing to delay Brexit until at least July after concluding that Theresa May is doomed to fail in getting her deal through parliament. It will require the Speaker, John Bercow, to suspend centuries-old rules and make it easier for MPs to table laws that can be passed.

Pressed on the party's immigration policy, the Labour leader insisted he was "not against the free movement of people", but conceded it would have to end when Britain left the EU.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned of "Brexit paralysis" if MPs vote down Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement next week, potentially meaning the United Kingdom does not leave the European Union at all.

Asked what he would want to deliver on Brexit if there was an election and he became prime minister, Corbyn said: "At the very minimum, a customs arrangement with the European Union that gives us a say of what goes on but also avoids the whole issue of the problems of Northern Ireland, which this deal does".

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"Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy", May wrote in the Sunday Express newspaper.

May, who is fighting to save her withdrawal agreement negotiated with the bloc over 18 months of talks, told lawmakers they must not let down Brexit-backers in a crunch parliamentary vote Tuesday. So my message to parliament this weekend is simple: "It is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country", she added. Two procedural vote losses last week have also limited her room for manoeuvre, including a demand that she produce alternative plans within three sitting days of any vote loss.

He told the BBC: "We will table a motion of no confidence in the government at a time of our choosing, but it's going to be soon, don't worry about it".

Chris Grayling has been accused of engaging in "gutter politics" after he warned that blocking Brexit could "open the door" to "extremist" populist political forces in the UK.

The Sunday Times reported that some lawmakers are planning to seize control of the legislative agenda from the government in an act that would allow Parliament to extend the Brexit deadline or even overturn the decision to leave the EU.

The Prime Minister faces widespread opposition to the existing agreement, primarily because of language created to prevent the reintroduction of physical border controls between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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