May warns of catastrophe if lawmakers don't back Brexit deal

Vince Cable, leader of the pro-EU Liberal Democrats, said parliament would act to prevent a no deal Brexit, and could ultimately seek to prevent Brexit altogether.

May said some members of Parliament were playing political games with the Brexit debate.

"When you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard".

"Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy", she wrote.

The prime minister will make this plea: "I ask MPs to consider the consequences of their actions on the faith of the British people in our democracy".

Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay warned that Parliament could block Brexit altogether.

The Scottish Government has written to all MPs in Westminster, urging them to reject Theresa May's Brexit deal when it is put to a vote on Tuesday.

According to the Sunday Times, the plan could see the Government lose control of parliamentary business, threatening not only Brexit legislation but the Government's ability to govern.

The Prime Minister faces widespread opposition to the existing agreement, primarily because of language created to prevent the reintroduction of physical border controls between Northern Ireland and Ireland.

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Brussels is preparing to offer fresh assurances over the Irish backstop, which Tory rebels fear could leave Britain tied to the EU's trading rules indefinitely.

"I'm not saying for one minute that the whole economy will grind to a halt, but there are very specific industries in this country for which a no deal Brexit will have an immediate negative impact".

Some commentators suggested the looming Article 50 deadline for the UK's exit from the European Union on 29 March would force MPs into accepting the deal, being faced with a no deal as the only alternative.

While a majority of the 650-seat House of Commons appears to oppose leaving the European Union with no deal, there is no agreement on what alternative to pursue.

May faced further opposition to her deal from her former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab who believes the United Kingdom should pursue a hard-Brexit.

The BBC estimates that May's deal is likely to be supported by about 240 MPs, far short of the number needed for passage.

Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn gave his clearest indication yet that his party is ready to call a no-confidence ballot within days of Theresa May losing a United Kingdom parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal. That's much sooner than would have otherwise been the case.

But in a possible sign that the tide is beginning to turn in favour of the Prime Minister's exit plan, four Brexiteer backbenchers have announced they will back it despite speculation they could vote against it.

Brussels is reportedly expecting the British government to ask for an extension to Article 50, allowing Theresa May more time to get a deal through Parliament.

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