SNP Depute Leader writes to BBC over serious concerns about Brexit debate

SNP Depute Leader writes to BBC over serious concerns about Brexit debate

SNP Depute Leader writes to BBC over serious concerns about Brexit debate

Asked if he thought the whole Cabinet would back the deal in the Commons, Dr Fox said: "I think members of the Cabinet will vote for the deal".

Liam Fox will take a swipe at Tory opponents of Theresa May's Brexit deal on Friday, accusing them of not facing up to the fact she has had to make tough choices.

"If they can not look their constituents in the eye and say it is, they must vote this deal down and then hand the decision back to the people".

Only a small group of Brexiter cabinet ministers are left to circle the wagons ahead of the crunch Brexit vote in December.

Mrs May has said that if lawmakers reject the agreement, it could see the world's fifth-largest economy leaving the bloc without a deal, or even not leaving at all. Opposition parties and the small Northern Irish party which props up Mrs May's minority government have all said they plan to vote against it.

Parliament will begin five days of debate next Tuesday, with the final vote due to be held on Dec 11. But if faced with the threat of a calamitous no-deal Brexit, and following a narrow Commons defeat, Mrs May might fancy testing their resolve and seeing if she can win some cosmetic changes to appease enough MPs to win a second vote.

"I think every MP needs to consider the importance of delivering on the Brexit vote together with the importance of doing that in a way that is good for their constituents, that protects their constituents' jobs and their livelihoods for the future".

He added: "This format would also not suitably represent either the support for Remain across the whole of the United Kingdom, or the growing public and political support - including from the SNP, the Greens, the Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru and an increasing number of members of both the Labour Party and the Conservatives - for a second referendum in which the option of remaining in the European Union could be put to the people". The main opposition Labour Party and a cross-party group of senior lawmakers have put forward amendments to block May's European Union withdrawal deal and to rule out a no-deal Brexit. I've got a deal which delivers for the British people.

"I'm very happy to tell President Trump and others that we will have an independent trade policy, because we will have an independent trade policy, we will be able to do trade deals", she said.

If MPs reject the deal, a number of things could happen - including leaving with no deal, an attempt to renegotiate or a general election.

Writing on his Facebook, the East Surrey MP said: "After careful consideration and reflection, I can not support the Government's deal and as such, I have tended my resignation as Universities and Science Minister".

Mrs May earlier met the Japanese leader, Shinzo Abe, who urged her to avoid a no-deal Brexit.

She added: "The view I have had from farmers, employers and sector organisations and others in my trips around the country is that they recognise the importance of this deal and they support this deal".

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