Fail­ing Brexit would be cat­a­strophic: PM

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Lon­don, UK - British Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May 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 fight­ing 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 first 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 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 fi­nalise 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.

May 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. Sun­day Ex­press

(AFP)

Pro-Brexit pro­test­ers scuf­fle with the po­lice dur­ing a demon­stra­tion in cen­tral Lon­don on Sat­ur­day

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