MAY WARNS OF ‘ CAT­A­STROPHIC’ FAIL­URE ON BREXIT

The Asian Age - - World -

Lon­don, Jan. 13: British Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May on Sun­day warned MPs pre­par­ing to vote down her EU divorce deal that fail­ing to de­liver Brexit would be a “cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy”.

May, who is fight­ing to save her with­drawal agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated with the bloc over 18 months of talks, told law­mak­ers they must not let down Brex­it­back­ers in a crunch par­lia­men­tary vote on Tues­day. “Do­ing so would be an un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy,” May 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.” Bri­tain is set to leave the EU on March 29 but has yet to fi­nalise the terms of its de­par­ture. The PM had postponed a House of Com­mons vote on her plan once to avoid de­feat, and looks cer­tain to see it re­jected by MPs on Tues­day amid fierce op­po­si­tion.

Law­mak­ers fired omi­nous warn­ing shots this week, vot­ing to force May to quickly set out an al­ter­na­tive plan for Brexit if it is beaten. It was the sec­ond set­back in 24 hours for the prime min­is­ter, after MPs also voted to deny the gov­ern­ment cer­tain tax­a­tion pow­ers in a no- deal sce­nario — an at­tempt to scup­per that prospect. .

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