May des­per­ate to res­cue Brexit deal

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British Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May warned law­mak­ers on Sun­day that fail­ing to de­liver Brexit would be cat­a­strophic for democ­racy, in a plea for sup­port two days be­fore par­lia­ment is ex­pected to re­ject her deal with Brus­sels.

“Do­ing so would be a cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy,” she wrote in the Sun­day Ex­press.

“So my mes­sage to Par­lia­ment this week­end is sim­ple: it is time to for­get the games and do what is right for our coun­try.” May is ex­pected to suf­fer a big de­feat when par­lia­ment votes on Tues­day.

Brexit min­is­ter Stephen Bar­clay told BBC TV that per­suad­ing enough law­mak­ers to sup­port the deal would be “chal­leng­ing.”

British Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May on Sun­day warned MPS ready to re­ject her EU divorce deal next week that fail­ing to de­liver Brexit would be a “cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy”.

May is ight­ing doggedly to save her with­drawal agree­ment -- forged dur­ing 18 months of gru­elling ne­go­ti­a­tions with Euro­pean lead­ers -- from a crush­ing de­feat in par­lia­ment on Tues­day.

The em­bat­tled leader said some vot­ers in Bri­tain’s 2016 ref­er­en­dum on EU mem­ber­ship had trusted politi­cians “for the irst time in decades” and law­mak­ers must not let them down by now scup­per­ing Brexit.

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

“So my mes­sage to par­lia­ment this week­end is sim­ple: it is time to for­get the games and do what is right for our coun­try.”

Bri­tain is set to leave the Euro­pean Union on March 29 but, with less than 11 weeks left, has yet to in­alise the terms of its de­par­ture.

May’s deal agrees a 21-month tran­si­tion pe­riod un­der cur­rent terms while the fu­ture re­la­tion­ship with the bloc is ne­go­ti­ated, but it has drawn stead­fast op­po­si­tion from both Brex­i­teers and Re­main­ers.

The prime min­is­ter has said re­ject­ing it will throw Bri­tain into “un­charted ter­ri­tory” and put the coun­try at risk of crash­ing out with­out an agree­ment, or even no Brexit at all.

The op­po­si­tion Labour Party, which favours re­main­ing in a per­ma­nent cus­toms union with the EU, has sug­gested it will seek a no-conidence vote in the gov­ern­ment if MPS throw out the plan.

The Ob­server news­pa­per re­ported Sun­day that its law­mak­ers have been told it could be tabled “within hours” of that on Tues­day, with the conidence vote to be held the fol­low­ing day.

If the gov­ern­ment lose a no-conidence mo­tion, there will be a pe­riod of 14 days in which par­ties can seek to ind an al­ter­na­tive work­ing ma­jor­ity in par­lia­ment.

If they fail to do so, a gen­eral elec­tion would be called.

“We will ta­ble a mo­tion of no conidence in the gov­ern­ment at a time of our choos­ing, but it’s go­ing to be soon, don’t worry about it,” Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn told the BBC on Sun­day.

Cor­byn con­ceded if the party won power, par­lia­ment would likely need to de­lay Brexit be­yond March 29 so it could rene­go­ti­ate the with­drawal agree­ment.

The prime min­is­ter al­ready postponed a House of Com­mons vote on her plan in De­cem­ber to avoid de­feat -- and MPS look set to re­ject it again on Tues­day.

Sheikh Mo­hammed dur­ing his visit on Sun­day to the Emi­rati fam­ily that opted for home­school­ing for its four chil­dren.

Agence France-presse

Theresa May leaves with her hus­band Philip after at­tend­ing a church ser­vice, near her Maiden­head con­stituency, west of Lon­don, on Sun­day.

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