"Unforgivable Breach Of Trust": British PM On Failure To Deliver Brexit

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After a week in which parliament forced the government to promise to come back with a "plan B" within days if May's deal is rejected, Mr Barclay said the risk of parliament acting in a way that frustrates Brexit had increased.

The newspaper quoted Commons sources as claiming the Speaker John Bercow, who came under fire from Conservative MPs last week for allowing MPs to vote on a Brexit amendment by the backbencher Remainer and former Attorney General Dominic Grieve, is likely to allow the gambit to succeed.

The PM has said failing to deliver on the result of the 2016 referendum would be "unforgivable" and a "catastrophe" for democracy.

Lawmakers who believe it either leaves Britain too close or too distant from the bloc, fired ominous warning shots this week, voting to force the prime minister to quickly set out an alternative plan for Brexit if she loses the vote.

During an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Ms Rudd three times declined to say whether she would remain a member of the government if it opted for a no-deal Brexit.

"I think parliament will take control of this process, will insist that we pursue the option of no Brexit", he told BBC TV.

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"We all have a duty to implement the result of the referendum". "We will do everything we can to prevent a no-deal exit".

Parliament is deadlocked over how to proceed with Brexit, Britain's biggest shift in foreign and trade policy in more than 40 years, and is expected to vote against Mrs May's deal on Tuesday (Jan 15), plunging the departure from the European Union into deeper uncertainty.

But should Mrs May's deal be voted down, then a whole host of scenarios could play out.

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

Under the rebels' plan, reported in the Sunday Times, the Government would lose control of parliamentary business which would threaten Brexit legislation and the Government's ability to govern.

The government has made a fresh plea to MPs to get behind the deal.

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"What Article 50 says is what 500 MPs voted for, backing up our vote in a referendum, backing up our vote in a General Election where 85 per cent of us voted for parties saying they would deliver Brexit".

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has suggested that Labour would table a motion of no confidence in the government if, as expected, the prime minister's deal fails to gain enough votes to pass but he has refused to be drawn on the timing of that.

Corbyn declined to say whether a Labour manifesto for a snap election would promise to deliver Brexit, arguing that this would be up to party processes, but strongly indicated his preference would be to depart with a deal that keeps the United Kingdom in a customs union and with access to the single market.

May postponed a vote on the deal in mid-December when a resounding defeat was clear.

However, with more than 100 Tory MPs opposing the deal, it is expected to be rejected.

Danielle Haralambous, a United Kingdom analyst at the EIU, said: "Time is simply running out, and we're at a stage where Brexit can probably only happen in late March now in the unlikely event that parliament approves Mrs May's deal on 15 January, or if parliament supports leaving without a deal".

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