May-day as MPs vote on Brexit plan
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.