COR­BYN RE­MAINS COY ON BREXIT

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THERESA May faces a vote of no-con­fi­dence in her Gov­ern­ment “soon”, Jeremy Cor­byn has warned, as the Prime Min­is­ter is­sued a last-ditch plea to MPs to back her Brexit deal or risk stay­ing in the Eu­ro­pean Union.

The Labour leader said peo­ple should “see what hap­pens” to­mor­row, when Mrs May’s con­tro­ver­sial With­drawal Agree­ment is put to a vote in the Com­mons, but said his party would ta­ble a con­fi­dence mo­tion “at a time of our choos­ing”.

Mr Cor­byn told BBC One’s An­drew Marr Show: “We will ta­ble a mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence in the Gov­ern­ment at a time of our choos­ing, but it’s go­ing to be soon, don’t worry about it.”

It came after the Prime Min­is­ter warned of a “cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able” breach of trust in democ­racy if her exit plan is de­feated and the UK re­mains in the EU. With just two days to go be­fore the Com­mons vote on her With­drawal Agree­ment, the Prime Min­is­ter pleaded with par­lia­men­tar­i­ans to “do what is right for our coun­try” and back her deal.

While Brexit Sec­re­tary Steve Bar­clay said there had been “some move­ment” from MPs to sup­port the agree­ment which is widely ex­pected to be de­feated, he said he thought that if it fell the Com­mons would even­tu­ally sup­port some­thing “along the lines of this deal”. He warned of a “grow­ing risk” that Par­lia­ment could frus­trate Brexit, fol­low­ing re­ports of a plot to change Com­mons rules to en­able back­bench mo­tions to take prece­dence over Gov­ern­ment busi­ness if Mrs May’s deal falls.

Down­ing Street said it was “ex­tremely con­cerned” about the plans, re­ported in the Sun­day Times, which could threaten Brexit leg­is­la­tion and the Gov­ern­ment’s abil­ity to gov­ern.

Mr Bar­clay told Marr: “What re­cent events have shown, with events over the last week with what hap­pened on the le­gal ad­vice where the Gov­ern­ment was forced to act in a way it didn’t want to, is the un­cer­tainty in terms of what will hap­pen in the House has in­creased. So those on the Brex­i­teer side seek­ing ide­o­log­i­cal pu­rity with a deal are risk­ing Brexit, be­cause there is a grow­ing risk that events could un­fold in ways that [mean] they are leav­ing the door ajar to ways that in­crease the risk to Brexit.”

Mean­while, Lib­eral Demo­crat leader Sir Vince Cable said it would be “out­ra­geous and un­for­giv­able” if a no-deal Brexit was al­lowed to hap- pen, adding: “I think Par­lia­ment will take con­trol of this process, will in­sist that we pur­sue the op­tion of no Brexit.”

Mr Cor­byn hinted that Ar­ti­cle 50 may have to be ex­tended if his party came into power. He told Mr Marr: “Clearly if Theresa May’s deal is voted down, clearly if a gen­eral elec­tion takes place and a Labour gov­ern­ment comes in – an elec­tion would take place Fe­bru­ary, March time – clearly there’s only a few weeks be­tween that and the leave date, there would have to be time for those ne­go­ti­a­tions.”

Writ­ing in the Sun­day Ex­press, Mrs May said: “You, the Bri­tish peo­ple, voted to leave. And then, in the 2017 Gen­eral Elec­tion, 80% of you voted for MPs who stood on man­i­festos to re­spect that ref­er­en­dum re­sult. 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 – 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.”

Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn on The An­drew Marr Show

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