Increased risk United Kingdom parliament acts to frustrate Britain's European Union exit - Brexit minister

Marsha Scott
January 14, 2019

The PM has also faced further opposition to her deal from former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, who used an article in the Sunday Telegraph to urge MPs to vote down Mrs May's "bad" deal and send a message to Brussels that the United Kingdom "will not be bullied".

"The country does have a right to know what members of parliament are for, not just what they are against, and it's important that the house comes to a view as to what it can back", Barclay said.

"A day's a long time in politics so things can change but as things stand it is likely I will vote for the deal, yes", he said.

Liberal Democrat Brexit spokesman Tom Brake said: "Chris Grayling has lost the plot".

Labour is also set to vote against the deal, but leader Jeremy Corbyn has resisted growing calls from within his own party to get behind another European Union referendum, insisting a general election is still his top priority if the deal is rejected.

After a week in which parliament forced the government to promise to come back with a "plan B" within days if May's deal is rejected, Mr Barclay said the risk of parliament acting in a way that frustrates Brexit had increased.

A probable first step would be a "technical" extension until July to allow the prime minister to revise and ratify the Brexit deal, the newspaper said, citing European Union sources it didn't identify.

He told the BBC: "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".

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A no-deal Brexit would be "catastrophic" for industry and trade, Corbyn told the BBC.

"An election would take place what February-March time, clearly there is only a few weeks then between that and the leave date, there would have to be a time for those negotiations", he added.

- The Prime Minister faced calls from a predecessor, Sir John Major, to revoke Article 50 to halt Brexit - as he warned it would be "morally reprehensible" to crash out without a deal.

May faced further opposition to her deal from her former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab who believes the United Kingdom should pursue a hard-Brexit.

Theresa May faces huge opposition to her Brexit bill, from both sides of the House of Commons.

In the event her exit deal is voted down, some Brexiters have argued for the United Kingdom to leave without a deal, but other MPs also object to the no deal Brexit - calling for either Article 50 to be extended or revoked, or a second referendum to allow the general public to decide the next move.

Mr Grayling also said: "I have not asked for military support for the operations in Kent - that will be handled by Highways England and Kent Police".

Fitzpatrick, whose London constituency strongly backed remain, said "time is running out" and a so-called "people's vote" on the deal was "code for reversing original decision".

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