Theresa May: No Brexit more likely than no deal

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The Prime Minister Theresa May will tell government today, in a last-ditch attempt to persuade MPs to back her Brexit deal, that the country will suffer “catastrophic harm” if the results of the referendum are not implemented. Today, MPs will debate with the PM over reassurances from the EU.

As tomorrow’s Commons vote comes ever closer, the PM is doing all she can to convince her colleagues to move forward with the Brexit deal, following the EU’s statement on the future of Northen Ireland post-Brexit.

May will say: “I ask MPs to consider the consequences of their actions on the faith of the British people in our democracy. Imagine if an anti-devolution House of Commons had said to the people of Scotland or Wales that despite voting in favour of a devolved legislature, Parliament knew better and would overrule them. Or else force them to vote again. What if we found ourselves in a situation where Parliament tried to take the UK out of the EU in opposition to a remain vote?

“People’s faith in the democratic process and their politicians would suffer catastrophic harm. We all have a duty to implement the result of the referendum.

“As we have seen over the last few weeks, there are some in Westminster who would wish to delay or even stop Brexit and who will use every device available to them to do so.”

May’s speech comes, with an ever-growing amount of reports that many leading MPs are planning to take control if her plans get shot down.

Jeremy Corbyn told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show: “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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