PM warns of catastrophe if Brexit rejected

Theresa May has toured Britain, spent hours being grilled in parliament and invited lawmakers to...
Theresa May. Photo: Reuters

British Prime Minister Theresa May has warned lawmakers that failure to back her plan to leave the European Union would be catastrophic for Britain, in a plea for support two days ahead of a vote in parliament that she is expected to lose.

Lawmakers are set to vote on May's Brexit deal on Tuesday, after she shelved plans for a vote in December when it became clear that not enough lawmakers from her own party or others would back the deal she agreed with Brussels.

May looks little closer to securing the support she needs, but writing in the Sunday Express she said lawmakers must not let down the people who voted for Brexit.

"Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy," May said.

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

On Friday, her foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said Brexit might not happen at all if May's deal was defeated.

Britain, the world's fifth largest economy, is scheduled to quit the European Union on March 29.

The Sunday Times reported that rebel lawmakers were planning to wrest control of the legislative agenda away from May next week with a view to suspending or delaying Brexit, citing a senior government source. 


Whatever the rights and wrongs of Brexit it has become very obvious that there has to be significant electoral reform in the UK. There has to be a regional English parliament not based in London using a PR system and some kind of federal government encompassing the United Kingdom elected using a PR system. The antiquated House of Lords has to go. Goodness knows how the people are going to win that fight.