May vows to en­sure the ...but more want to drop

Sunday Express - - TWO DAYS TO VITAL - FROM PAGE ONE By David Mad­dox and Daniel Ham­mond

ref­er­en­dum by 48 per cent to 42 per cent. The fig­ures were seized on by se­nior Tory Brex­i­teer MPs Iain Dun­can Smith and Ja­cob Rees-Mogg as ev­i­dence that Bri­tons are happy with no-deal de­spite the “Project Fear” scare sto­ries put out by Re­main­ers.

Writ­ing for the Sun­day Ex­press, Mrs May makes her case for her deal be­ing the only way for­ward.

With spec­u­la­tion that the EU will pro­vide some re­as­sur­ances over the con­tro­ver­sial North­ern Ire­land back­stop ahead of the cru­cial vote, the Prime Min­is­ter has in­sisted that her deal de­liv­ers on 2016’s ref­er­en­dum.

But in a stark warn­ing to both Re­mainer and Brex­i­teer MPs who plan to vote down her deal on Tuesday, Mrs May said that it will be a dis­as­ter for the coun­try if it doesn’t go through.

Ad­dress­ing vot­ers, she said: “You, the Bri­tish peo­ple, voted to leave. You have de­liv­ered your in­struc­tions. Now it is our turn to de­liver for you.

“When you turned out to vote in the ref­er­en­dum, you did so be­cause you wanted your voice to be heard. Some of you put your trust in the po­lit­i­cal process for the first time in decades. We can­not – and must not – let you down. Do­ing so would be a cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy. So my mes­sage to Par­lia­ment this week­end is sim­ple: it is time to for­get the games and do what is right for our coun­try.”

And with MPs ex­pect­ing her deal to be de­feated by a ma­jor­ity of be­tween 150 and 200, she warned this week’s events are “not a de­bat­ing con­test”.

Spell­ing out the al­ter­na­tives, she added: “If Par­lia­ment does not come to­gether and back this deal in our national in­ter­est we risk leav­ing with no deal, with all the uncer­tainty for jobs and se­cu­rity that will bring.

“Or, with MPs un­will­ing to face the uncer­tainty of no deal and with no other of­fer on the ta­ble, we will risk not leav­ing the Euro­pean Union at all.”

The Nor­stat poll of 1,093 adults for the Sun­day Ex­press has re­vealed a strong ap­petite for no-deal and opposition to a second ref­er­en­dum. How­ever, it also re­vealed deep di­vides in Bri­tain, with London stand­ing alone in Bri­tish re­gions in sup­port­ing the deal. Only London and Scot­land had ma­jori­ties in favour of a second ref­er­en­dum.

Mean­while, among dif­fer­ent age groups, there was strong sup­port by younger vot­ers in favour of a second ref­er­en­dum. This was backed by 54 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds and 58 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds. But it was strongly op­posed by those aged 45 and over, with 69 per cent of pen­sion­ers against an­other vote.

Ja­cob Rees-Mogg, chair­man of the pro-Brexit Euro­pean Re­search Group said: “After the worst ef­forts of Project Fear the vot­ers are still de­ter­mined to back Bri­tain.”

Mean­while, in a chap­ter for a new re­port by Economists for Free Trade, Tory MP Iain Dun­can Smith and econ­o­mist Neil MacKin­non claim that im­mi­gra­tion prob­lems can only be solved by Brexit.

The piece ar­gues Bri­tain pays £4bil­lion a year sub­si­dis­ing cheap un­skilled labour from the EU.

They also tack­led Project Fear claims that Bri­tain could not re­cruit nurses from abroad when many already come from out­side the EU. They said: “Only by leav­ing the EU on World Trade Or­gan­i­sa­tion terms can the UK fully take back con­trol of its bor­ders and deal with these is­sues. In tak­ing back con­trol of our mi­gra­tion policy we are also giv­ing no­tice to in­dus­try that we will have to in­vest and train to a far greater de­gree than they have for some time.”

In a fur­ther push for no-deal, a pa­per for Brief­ings for Brexit says that there are £80bil­lion worth of net gains for the Bri­tish econ­omy in leav­ing with­out a deal. It was writ­ten jointly by lead­ing economists and busi­ness lead­ers.

They said: “A smart WTO Brexit with well-de­signed trade, im­mi­gra­tion, agri­cul­tural, fish­ing and reg­u­la­tory poli­cies would, far from be­ing a ‘dis­as­ter’, have an ex­cel­lent chance of de­liv­er­ing sub­stan­tial long-term net ben­e­fits.” sup­port peace­ful protest against Tory aus­ter­ity.”

Yesterday’s event, hosted by the Peo­ple’s Assembly Against Aus­ter­ity, be­gan on Re­gent Street, as hun­dreds marched to­wards Trafal­gar Square, with many wear­ing French-style yel­low vests with slo­gans such as Bri­tain is Bro­ken on the back.

Trade union ban­ners were held up, with demon­stra­tors playing drums, chant­ing Left-wing slo­gans and calling for a gen­eral elec­tion.

Mean­while, cam­paigner, James God­dard, 29, was held yesterday for his al­leged role in ac­cost­ing Re­mainer MP Anna Soubry at West­min­ster on Mon­day.

Ms Soubry, who backs a second EU ref­er­en­dum, had urged po­lice to act after she was al­legedly branded a Nazi and told she was “fair game” by pro­test­ers.

Mr God­dard was held just be­fore a group of around

200 pro-Brexit sup­port­ers met in chant­ing “Leave means Leave” marched on Down­ing Street.

At the gates of No 10, the group chanted for

God­dard’s re­lease, with one pro­tester calling him their “leader”.

Po­lice later con­firmed that Mr God­dard had been re­leased on bail. They also said that a man in his 30s was ar­rested at St James’s Park Tube sta­tion on “sus­pi­cion of a pub­lic order of­fence”.

The protests in London came as around 200 Left-wing ac­tivists staged a “yel­low vest” protest in Belfast city cen­tre, with pro­test­ers gath­er­ing out­side City Hall in a bid to

“end aus­ter­ity”.

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