Brexit deal defeat could topple Tory govt.: May

Ahead of Tuesday’s vote, PM warns hardliners in her party that a loss could bring Labour to power

Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Sunday that Parliament’s rejection of her Brexit deal could leave Britain in the European Union and bring the Opposition Labour Party to power. The embattled leader’s message came with her government fearing a heavy defeat on Tuesday of the draft withdrawal agreement she signed with Brussels last month. Media reports said that Ms. May is under pressure from her Cabinet to delay the vote and fly to Brussels to secure more concessions ahead of a planned summit with 27 fellow EU leaders on Thursday and Friday. But Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay told the BBC: “The vote is going ahead.”
’Uncharted waters’
Ms. May said Britain “would truly be in uncharted waters” if the text agreed after nearly two years of tortuous negotiations is voted down less than four months before the March 29 Brexit date. “It would mean grave uncertainty for the nation with a very real risk of no Brexit,” she told The Mail on Sunday . “We have a leader of the Opposition who thinks of nothing but attempting to bring about a general election… I believe Jeremy Corbyn getting his hands on power is a risk we cannot afford to take.” Her comments on Sunday were aimed at tamping down the hard-line Conservative Party revolt led by the likes of her former Foreign Minister Boris Johnson. Mr. Johnson used a column in The Sun on Sunday to argue that “the best way to get a great deal is to prepare for no deal” by rejecting Ms. May’s draft. Mr. Corbyn’s party is hoping that failure in Parliament on Tuesday will trigger a broader revolt that leads to early elections and returns Labour to power for the first time since 2010. “I think time is really running out for her and if you can tell me if she will still be Prime Minister on Tuesday evening then perhaps I can tell you what we do next,” Labour Shadow Minister John Trickett told Sky News. “Maybe she doesn’t quite know either, by the way. I think things have run out of control.”

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