British PM warns of 'uncharted territory' if Brexit deal rejected

UK May suffers defeat over vote on no-deal Brexit

May's withdrawal agreement has found opposition from Brexiteers resulting in the prime minister postponing the House of Commons vote before Christmas in face of certain defeat - mainly over the issue of the Irish backstop which could see Northern Ireland locked into regulatory alignment with the bloc after the transition period, should London and Brussels not strike a deal, in order to stop a so-called "hard border" with European Union member state Republic of Ireland.

Her views were echoed by her fellow shadow cabinet minister Barry Gardiner, who said it would "make sense" to call another vote if Labour won power and secured a fresh deal with Brussels.

Last month, May pulled a vote on the brokered withdrawal agreement, settled on in November after more than a year of back-and-forth negotiations between London and Brussels, acknowledging it would have been roundly rejected by the UK's lower chamber House of Commons.

Lawmakers are due to vote on whether to accept May's exit deal in the week beginning 14 January.

"I don't think anyone can say what will happen in terms of the reaction we see in Parliament", she told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show yesterday.

These include specific measures relating to Northern Ireland, plans for a greater role for parliament in Brexit decision-making, and further assurances from the European Union amid concerns about the so-called backstop arrangement for the Irish border.

"The EU has shown in the past that it will move but only if faced with a resolute red line on the part of the United Kingdom government", deputy DUP leader Nigel Dodds said in a statement.

Then "at that stage it makes sense to go to the country" with the deal on offer, he said.

With her Conservative party divided over the deal she struck with the EU, May warned that rejecting it could prevent Brexit altogether.

In an interview on Sunday, May said the delayed vote in Parliament on her Brexit deal will "definitely" go ahead later this month, as she promised to set out measures to win over skeptical lawmakers.

Asked if he could guarantee that no one would die as a result of a no-deal Brexit, Mr Hancock told Sky News' Sophy Ridge On Sunday: "I'm confident that we will have the unhindered supply of medicines so long as the plans that we have in place are properly enacted".

"Peeling off five of 10 Conservative Party MPs is neither here nor there, but if you get the DUP in line, May will give lots of parliamentarians an excuse to say, 'Well, OK, if they're happy with it I can't really justify going around moaning about the Irish backstop'".

Pro-Remain MPs are targeting the Government's finances as part of a last-ditch effort to prevent a no-deal Brexit, taking inspiration from the United States government shutdown now suffered by Donald Trump.

"The only way you're going to get on and deliver Brexit is what's called a "no deal" Brexit".

"We have got people who are promoting a second referendum in order to stop Brexit, and we have got people who want to see their ideal Brexit".

The survey of more than 25,000 voters also showed that 41 percent of Britons thought the final decision about Brexit should be made by a new public vote versus 36 percent who believe it should be up to parliament.



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