Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Brexit: SNP will seek to revoke Article 50 after deal is defeated

Brexit: SNP will seek to revoke Article 50 after deal is defeated

May looks little closer to securing the support she needs, but writing in the Sunday Express she said lawmakers must not let down the people who voted for Brexit.

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.

Sir Vince said this could happen by cancelling Article 50 - which he noted would be "resented by lots of people" - or via a second referendum.

Former prime minister Sir John Major has said the United Kingdom must revoke Article 50 and cancel Brexit to avoid no-deal because "jumping off a cliff never has a happy ending".

Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told the BBC's Andrew Marr show: "There are lots of different plans being put forward by members of parliament that don't respect the result or risk no deal".

"We have a mechanism which will give parliament control of the Brexit negotiations and ensure we do not leave the European Union without a deal on March 29", he said.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said his party wants to have a general election, a possibility which Mr Blackford said the SNP would be prepared for.

The EU is preparing to delay Brexit until at least July after concluding that Theresa May is doomed to fail in getting her deal through parliament.

Rejecting her proposed package, she said it "would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy".

"An election would take place what February-March time, clearly there is only a few weeks then between that and the leave date, there would have to be a time for those negotiations", he added.

"If MPs who represent seats that voted 70% to leave say "sorry guys, we're still going to have freedom of movement", they will turn against the political mainstream".

Former prime minister Sir John Major has said revoking Article 50 is the "only sensible course" but accepted this would be "politically uncomfortable". We can not - and must not - let you down.

At the heart of the coup are a group of cross-party backbenchers who are attempting seize control of Brexit from the Government and may even try to stop a WTO exit, suspend Article 50, or even to prevent the United Kingdom from leaving the European Union altogether.

Theresa May faces huge opposition to her Brexit bill, from both sides of the House of Commons.

"I would love a general election because that would allow us to give a very clear statement to the Tory government as to where we're standing", he said.

The vote had been scheduled to take place in December but was called off at the last minute by the prime minister, who was facing nearly certain defeat.

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