Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Grayling accused of 'gutter politics' over Brexit warning

POLITICS Brexit EU Wobbling, Juncker Admits No Deal Brexit 'Would Be a Catastrophe'
Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2019, 13:51

Mrs May urged MPs to "do what is right for our country" and back her Brexit deal, calling it "the "biggest and most important decision that any MP of our generation will be asked to make".

A Cabinet minister 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.

Just days before the critical Commons vote, the Transport Secretary said: 'People have to think long and hard about how they are going to vote.

And its emergence should unite those of us who voted Leave in our determination to get Brexit over the line.

"Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades".

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

May, writing in the Sunday Express, appealed to lawmakers to follow through on the mandate of voters, and she warned of risks if the measure is defeated Tuesday: "Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy", she said.

"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 wrote.

The Prime Minister's warning comes as Downing Street said it was "extremely concerned" about a reported backbench plot to change Commons rules allowing backbench motions to take precedence over Government business if Mrs May's deal falls.

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BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said one possibility was that backbenchers could legally compel the government to delay Brexit beyond the set departure date - a proposal some MPs have already called for.

It was previously thought only ministers could put a halt to Britain leaving with no deal.

Senior shadow cabinet figures say any further delay in tabling a no-confidence motion will make that position untenable, as there will be insufficient time before Britain's exit from the European Union on 29 March to hold an election.

The prospect of Labour putting forward a vote of no confidence in Mrs May has been mooted and a general election could take place should the Government lose.

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.

But Mrs May is still facing a massive defeat in the crunch vote on Tuesday - with hardline Remainers and Brexiteers mobilising in a bid to thwart her plans.

Britain and the European Union reached a hard-won Brexit deal in November, but the agreement has run aground in Parliament. However, with more than 100 Tory MPs opposing the deal, it is expected to be rejected.

Pressed for a third time by interviewer Justin Webb on whether she would quit if Mrs May went for the no-deal option, Ms Rudd cut him short by saying: "Thank you very much, Justin".

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