Scottish Tory says MPs ‘risk all’ if they reject May’s Brexit deal

Scottish Tory says MPs ‘risk all’ if they reject May’s Brexit deal

As the British prime minister heads to Egypt for an EU-Arab summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, the bloc's chief negotiator publicly said he believed there remained "a chance" of ratifying the deal.

"If there is no breakthrough in the coming week, the balance of opinion in Parliament is clear - that it would be better to seek to extend Article 50 and delay our date of departure rather than crash out of the European Union on March 29", they said.

"We're working with them to see if we can have a re-draft of that amendment which people could vote for, and I think there's a high possibility we could", he told BBC Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics.

The Brexit vote must not be frustrated and the government needs to maintain an "absolute" focus on delivering it, Theresa May has said.

Business minister Greg Clark, work and pensions minister Amber Rudd, and justice minister David Gauke signalled in a Daily Mail column that they will side with rebels and opposition parties to stop Britain leaving without a deal if necessary.

Since losing the Conservative Party's ruling majority in a disastrous election campaign in 2017, Mrs May has suffered an nearly uninterrupted torrent of political blows and criticism over her personal leadership and handling of the Brexit negotiations.

Mrs May denied collective Cabinet responsibility had broken down after three pro-EU ministers signalled that they could vote for the Cooper amendment.

European Union officials have considered many theoretical scenarios, including an extension of Brexit for up to two years, though it is unclear if such a delay would resolve the current impasse. And we will only save our country from the threat of Jeremy Corbyn if we remain one'.

The EU would prefer a "soft" Brexit with a transition period, as set out in last year's withdrawal agreement agreed by May and the other 27 EU countries, but was "ready for the worst-case scenario", Hogan said.

May dodged questions as to whether the three ministers should remain in government, replying: "What we see around the Cabinet table is strong views held on the issue of Europe". It defers the point of decision.

"We attach high hopes to this summit to make a major breakthrough in worldwide political positions in favor of the Palestinian cause", he said.

Lawmakers last month rejected her withdrawal deal, and since then, May has sought to address their concerns about its so-called "backstop" plan for the border between Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

There had been suggestions that another "meaningful vote" could be staged but Theresa May has now ruled this out pending further talks with the EU. "Parliament can not stand by and allow this happen", Labour's Brexit Secretary Kier Starmer said in a tweet.

However, the government has repeatedly refused to rule out the possibility of the United Kingdom leaving without a formal deal, in the event that Mrs May can not get MPs to approve the deal she negotiated with Brussels in time.

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