MPS risk block­ing Brexit, warns PM

Last Thrones se­ries on way

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PAR­LIA­MENT is more likely to block Brexit than al­low Bri­tain to crash out of the EU without a deal, Theresa May was to­day to warn as she urged MPS to back her with­drawal agree­ment.

The Prime Min­is­ter was to use a speech in Stoke on the eve of the crit­i­cal Com­mons vote on her exit plan to say that trust in politi­cians will suf­fer “cat­a­strophic harm” if they do not im­ple­ment Brexit.

Less than 36 hours be­fore the vote Mrs May is ex­pected to say: “I ask MPS to con­sider the con­se­quences of their ac­tions on the faith of the British peo­ple in our democ­racy.

“Imag­ine if an anti-de­vo­lu­tion House of Com­mons had said to the peo­ple of Scot­land or Wales that will have six episodes. The elab­o­rate TV jug­ger­naut re­turns to screens after a near two-year wait since the sev­enth se­ries, and brings it to an end after dom­i­nat­ing screens since it be­gan in 2011.

Game Of Thrones has be­come a su­per-brand of its own and has made stars of many of its cast mem­bers, de­spite vot­ing in favour of a de­volved leg­is­la­ture, Par­lia­ment knew bet­ter and would over­rule them. Or else force them to vote again.

“What if we found our­selves in a sit­u­a­tion where Par­lia­ment tried to take the UK out of the EU in op­po­si­tion to a Re­main vote? Peo­ple’s faith in the demo­cratic process and their politi­cians would suf­fer cat­a­strophic harm.

“We all have a duty to im­ple­ment the re­sult of the ref­er­en­dum.”

She will say that while the two sides in the 2016 vote dis­agreed on many things, they were united on the fact that “what the British peo­ple de­cided, politi­cians would im­ple­ment”.

“On the rare oc­ca­sions when Par­lia­ment puts a ques­tion to the British peo­ple di­rectly we have al­ways un­der­stood that their re­sponse car­ries a pro­found sig­nif­i­cance. in­clud­ing Kit Har­ing­ton, Emilia Clarke, So­phie Turner, Maisie Wil­liams and Lena Headey.

They will all reprise their roles for the last out­ing when the main play­ers fight for sur­vival one last time. A new trailer for the drama was re­vealed, show­ing Har­ing­ton, Turner and Wil­liams walk­ing down a dark cor­ri­dor.

“When the peo­ple of Wales voted by a mar­gin of 0.3%, on a turnout of just over 50%, to en­dorse the cre­ation of the Welsh As­sem­bly, that re­sult was ac­cepted by both sides and the pop­u­lar le­git­i­macy of that in­sti­tu­tion has never se­ri­ously been ques­tioned.

“Par­lia­ment un­der­stood this fact when it voted over­whelm­ingly to trig­ger Ar­ti­cle 50.”

Mrs May’s warn­ing to­day comes as 12 Con­ser­va­tive for­mer min­is­ters have writ­ten to Tory MPS urg­ing them to vote against her Brexit deal.

The group, said to in­clude Boris John­son and for­mer Brexit sec­re­taries David Davis and Do­minic Raab, said do­ing so may en­cour­age the EU to come back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble. If Brus­sels re­fuses to re­open talks then MPS should be pre­pared to leave without a deal, they said in a let­ter.

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