British PM warns of catastrophe if lawmakers don't back Brexit deal

Pro-European protestors wave EU flags at Trafalgar Square

Pro-European protestors wave EU flags at Trafalgar Square

"I am committed to getting the best outcome for this country, which is supporting the Prime Minister's deal".

"Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades".

"Parliament is very committed to try to stop no-deal but we have to recognise that there is a deal on the table, it does broadly deliver the Brexit people voted for, and if we don't find a way to get this through, we are taking some very big risks".

He said if it is defeated, Britain should continue to press the European Union for a deal that "respects the referendum but if Brussels' "intransigence" persists "we must be willing to leave the European Union at the end of March on World Trade Organisation terms". As the protectors of our democracy, we simply can not allow this to happen.

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

In a significant shift of tone apparently created to win over hardline Brexiteers who have set their faces against Mrs May's deal, Mr Hunt warned that defeat next week would not necessarily provide MPs with the opportunity to choose their preferred version of Brexit.

Labour peer Lord Andrew Adonis, who is a prominent Remainer, slammed Grayling and in a tweet wrote: "At the end of Brexit there should a one clause bill banning Grayling from holding any further public office ... unless of course it's overturned by a people's vote".

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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.

- 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. Every single household - rich or poor - would be worse off for many years to come.

Meanwhile, London mayor Sadiq Khan has written in the Observer suggesting that Mrs May should step down and call a general election if she loses next week's vote.

But former Brexit minister Dominic Raab said Britain should be prepared to leave with no arrangement in place. "And Brexit paralysis ultimately could lead to no Brexit".

Mr Grayling said there would be a "different tone" in British politics if the United Kingdom failed to leave the European Union, and predicted a "less tolerant society" and a "more nationalistic nation".

'We'd be in a stronger position, then, to continue the negotiations as an independent third country'.

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