May warns of ‘breach of trust’

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“So my mes­sage to par­lia­ment this week­end is sim­ple: it is time to for­get the games and do what is right for our coun­try.”

LON­DON — British Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May yes­ter­day warned MPs pre­par­ing to vote down her EU divorce deal that fail­ing to de­liver Brexit would be a “cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy”.

May, who is fight­ing to save her with­drawal agree­ment ne­go­ti­ated with the bloc over 18 months of talks, told law­mak­ers they must not let down Brex­it­back­ers in a crunch par­lia­men­tary vote on Tues­day.

“Do­ing so would be a cat­a­strophic and un­for­giv­able breach of trust in our democ­racy,” May wrote in the Sun­day Ex­press.

“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 has yet to fi­nalise the terms of its de­par­ture.

The prime min­is­ter has al­ready postponed a House of Com­mons vote on her plan once — in De­cem­ber — to avoid de­feat, and


looks cer­tain to see it re­jected by MPs on Tues­day amid fierce op­po­si­tion.

Law­mak­ers fired omi­nous warn­ing shots this week, vot­ing to force May to quickly set out an al­ter­na­tive plan for Brexit if it is beaten.

It was the sec­ond set­back in 24 hours for the prime min­is­ter, after MPs also voted to deny the gov­ern­ment cer­tain tax­a­tion pow­ers in a no-deal sce­nario — an at­tempt to scup­per that prospect.

The Sun­day Times re­ported a group of se­nior cross- party back­bench rebels are now plot­ting to change House of Com­mons rules to en­able them to over­ride gov­ern­ment busi­ness if the deal falls.

De­scribed as “a very British coup”, the plan would see May lose con­trol of par­lia­men­tary busi- ness to MPs, threat­en­ing her abil­ity to gov­ern, ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per.

It said Down­ing Street was “ex­tremely con­cerned” about the pos­si­bil­ity, which could see law­mak­ers then de­lay Brexit through new leg­is­la­tion.

Con­ser­va­tive MP Nick Boles, who favours a Nor­way-style re­la­tion­ship with the bloc in­stead of May’s plan, told the paper he was ex­plor­ing tac­tics in the Com­mons to rule out no-deal.

“We have a mech­a­nism which will give par­lia­ment con­trol of the Brexit ne­go­ti­a­tions and en­sure we do not leave the EU with­out a deal on March 29,” he said.

“I am work­ing on ways to achieve that out­come,” Boles added, not­ing he would pub­lish the plan on Tues­day. — AFP

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