May-day as MPs vote on Brexit plan

The Advertiser - - NEWS - ELLEN WHINNETT

THE United King­dom is fac­ing its big­gest po­lit­i­cal cri­sis since the war with Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s Brexit plans set to be flatly re­jected by Par­lia­ment this week.

The so-called “mean­ing­ful vote’’ on how the UK should exit the Euro­pean Union will go to the House of Com­mons early to­mor­row and is ex­pected to be de­feated by as many as 100 votes.

Twelve ex-min­is­ters have writ­ten to all Tory MPs, call­ing on them to vote down Ms May’s deal in a 24-hour bat­tle to save Brexit.

The dozen, in­clud­ing Boris John­son, de­mand in their Plan B let­ter that the Prime Min­is­ter is­sue the EU with a fi­nal ul­ti­ma­tum for a bet­ter deal when hers is voted down.

Mrs May, pic­tured, penned an open let­ter, warn­ing it would be a “cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy’’ if her plans to leave the EU were not ac­cepted.

She said Par­lia­ment had a duty to de­liver on the re­sults of the 2016 ref­er­en­dum, where the British peo­ple voted to leave the EU.

Mrs May said the vote in the House of Com­mons was the “big­gest and most im­por­tant de­ci­sion that any MP of our gen­er­a­tion will be asked to make”.

Brex­i­teers con­tin­ued to push for a “no-deal’’ de­par­ture – which would see Bri­tain crash out of the EU at mid­night on March 29 with no agree­ments with Brus­sels about vi­tal is­sues such as trade, se­cu­rity and im­mi­gra­tion.

It would also al­low the UK to keep the al­most $70 bil­lion divorce bill it has agreed to pay to Brus­sels.

Oth­ers op­posed to a no-deal fu­ture were try­ing to make it il­le­gal for the Prime Min­is­ter to take Bri­tain out of the EU without wa­ter­tight agree­ments.

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