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May warns of catastrophe if lawmakers don't back Brexit deal

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Ellis Copeland | 13 January, 2019, 23:15

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.

He added: "I would like the House of Commons now to take control because the prime minister has failed to give leadership".

Asked whether she agreed with Mr Hunt that the United Kingdom can thrive after a no-deal Brexit, Ms Rudd told Today: "This is a strong and great country, we will find a way to succeed, but I do not think that no deal would be good for this country and I'm committed to making sure we find an alternative".

"The prime minister herself has said this is not the ideal deal".

"There are other options that are open to us and parliament has to make sure that it takes the necessary action to protect the interests of all of us".

Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said leaving the European Union without a deal would be catastrophic and his party would do everything it could to prevent that outcome.

"Under any scenario, people are going to be poorer, people are going to lose their jobs".

Asked what he thought might happen on Tuesday, Mr Crabb said: "If MP's don't turn up on Tuesday willing to be pragmatic, willing to compromise, then the deal won't get through and we're into a period of political crisis".

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"I think it's now looking much less likely that parliament would allow a no-deal outcome", he told the BBC.

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Mr Corbyn also suggested he would extend Article 50 if a general election was called and he won the keys to Downing Street.

Mrs May faced further opposition to her deal from her former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab.

The Cabinet ministers were speaking as MPs prepared for the third day of debate in the House of Commons ahead of next Tuesday's crunch vote, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid opening proceedings which are expected to be dominated by the issue of migration.

Danielle Haralambous, a United Kingdom analyst at the EIU, said: "Time is simply running out, and we're at a stage where Brexit can probably only happen in late March now in the unlikely event that parliament approves Mrs May's deal on 15 January, or if parliament supports leaving without a deal".

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.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told the Daily Mail that the party risked cheating and isolating the millions of United Kingdom citizens who voted to leave the European Union, ending its 350-year period of "moderate" politics.

It comes as Jeremy Corbyn comes under renewed pressure to table a vote of no-confidence in the government should May lose the vote.

While in the second they voted for the government to come back to the Commons with a plan B for Brexit within three days should it lose Tuesday's vote.

Corbyn said Labour would vote against May's deal, and if she lost would start moves to trigger a general election.

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