Theresa May ac­cuses Labour of be­tray­ing the peo­ple over Brexit

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Theresa May has ac­cused Labour of plan­ning a “be­trayal of the Bri­tish peo­ple” by vot­ing down her Brexit deal and push­ing the coun­try to­wards a no-deal de­par­ture from the EU.

With less than a fort­night to go to the his­toric House of Com­mons vote on her plan, the Prime Min­is­ter urged all MPs – in­clud­ing 100 or more Tories who have said they may rebel – to cast their vote “in the na­tional in­ter­est” and back a deal which she said would de­liver Brexit while pro­tect­ing jobs.

In a round of broad­cast in- ter­views in Ar­gentina, where she is at­tend­ing the G20 sum­mit, Mrs May de­clined to dis­cuss whether she might of­fer a Plan B if her deal is voted down on De­cem­ber 11, or whether de­feat could mean her re­sign­ing or be­ing forced out.

“It’s not about me,” said Mrs May. “This is about what is in the na­tional in­ter­est.

“It’s about de­liv­er­ing the vote to leave the EU and do­ing it in a way that pro­tects peo­ple’s jobs and liveli­hoods and pro­tects our se­cu­rity and our United King­dom.”

Her com­ments came af­ter a cross-party group of se­nior MPs tabled an amend­ment to stop the UK leav­ing the EU with­out a deal if Mrs May’s plan fails to win the sup­port of the Com­mons.

The amend­ment, put down by a group of com­mit­tee chairs, in­clud­ing Labour’s Hi­lary Benn and prom­i­nent Tory Sarah Wol­las­ton, calls for the Com­mons to be able to ex­press its views about what should hap­pen if Mrs May’s deal is voted down.

Speak­ing at the G20 in Buenos Aires, Eu­ro­pean Coun­cil pres­i­dent Don­ald Tusk warned that Mrs May’s With­drawal Agree­ment is “the only pos­si­ble one” and vot­ing it down will ei­ther lead to a nodeal Brexit or no Brexit at all.

He told re­porters: “The Eu­ro­pean Union has just agreed an or­derly divorce with the United King­dom.

“A few days be­fore the vote in the House of Com­mons it is be­com­ing more and more clear that this deal is the best pos­si­ble – in fact the only pos­si­ble one.

“If this deal is re­jected in the Com­mons we are left with, as was al­ready stressed a few weeks ago by Prime Min­is­ter May, an al­ter­na­tive: no deal, or no Brexit at all.”

‘It’s not about me. This is about what is in the na­tional in­ter­est’

Theresa May

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