Brexit in peril if May's deal is rejected, United Kingdom foreign minister warns

Brexit in peril if May's deal is rejected, United Kingdom foreign minister warns

Brexit in peril if May's deal is rejected, United Kingdom foreign minister warns

"Rather than engage constructively to get a deal, bully boy Barnier and the European Union cabal are retreating to a position that Theresa May herself has claimed no UK Prime Minster could sign up to", said Sammy Wilson MP, Brexit spokesman for Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) - which supports leaving the European Union and is determined to maintain the Province's status as an integral part of the United Kingdom, in line with the wishes of most of its residents.

Mrs May is expected to lose Tuesday's vote on her Brexit deal, with MPs expected to block a no deal Brexit in another vote.

"It doesn't mean that a public vote is gone".

"My view is that the United Kingdom outside the European Union is going to be, for a long time, a declining nation economically and culturally, and generally more insular".

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay has met Labour MPs who are championing plans for a second referendum, as Parliament prepares to vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal.

"Reject it and no-one knows what will happen", she said.

However three Cabinet ministers - Amber Rudd, Greg Clark and David Gauke - have already made clear they would vote to take no-deal off the table.

It was the first time that May had turned directly to the European Union, showing signs of frustration that talks to secure changes to the backstop this week had as yet produced no breakthrough.

"If the EU doesn't enable us to resolve this issue issue about the permanent nature of the backstop, then in effect what the EU is pushing us towards is leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement at all", Leadsom said. To get it approved by March 29, the day set for Brexit, May needs to persuade 116 of them to change their minds - a tough task.

Brandon Lewis, the chairman of May's ruling Conservative Party, said on Saturday the government could never accept a deal which threatened the integrity of the union.

In an interview with the Financial Times, he urged Tory MPs to back the Withdrawal Agreement anyway, saying it would enable him to start spending the "insurance fund" built up in case of a no-deal break. "There is a risk and a possibility that we end up losing Brexit if we get the votes wrong in the next couple of weeks".

In a speech to factory workers in the staunchly pro-Brexit northern England port town of Grimsby, May said a delay could lead to "more months and years arguing" over Britain's departure from the EU.

But in a sign ministers are preparing to go back to the Commons on Tuesday without fresh concessions, Chancellor Philip Hammond said such fears about the backstop were overblown. "I certainly see myself as a guardian of Brexit and I'm absolutely determined to make sure that we deliver on the decision by the United Kingdom".

"I completely understand uncertainty is really bad for businesses", she said.

"So I totally understand that and deeply regret it", she said.

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