EU Wobbling, Juncker Admits No Deal Brexit 'Would Be a Catastrophe'

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

He remained hopeful the plan would pass, adding: 'What is important is for MPs on all sides, Brexiters and Remainers, whatever our disagreements, to say "We are democrats and the most important thing now is to make sure that we really do deliver Brexit"'.

On Friday, her foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said Brexit might not happen at all if May's deal was defeated.

'You have delivered your instructions.

He said if it is defeated, Britain should continue to press the European Union for a deal that "respects the referendum but if Brussels' "intransigence" persists "we must be willing to leave the European Union at the end of March on World Trade Organisation terms". Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades. As the protectors of our democracy, we simply can not allow this to happen.

The Prime Minister faced calls from a predecessor, Sir John Major, to revoke Article 50 to halt Brexit - as he warned it would be "morally reprehensible" to crash out without a deal.

"We are checking with Downing Street what the clarifications could amount to" to help May get the deal approved", he said.

Under the rebels' plan, reported in the Sunday Times, the government could lose control of parliamentary business, which could threaten Brexit legislation and its ability to govern.

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Sir John reiterated his support for a second referendum on Brexit, insisting it would be "morally reprehensible" if the government allowed the country to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

'The benefits are close to zero.

'Jumping off a cliff has never had a happy ending'.

"If it means that at a general election I lose my seat because of it, that's fine".

If May's deal was voted down it might lead to "Brexit paralysis" which would see the United Kingdom in the European trading area.

The Secretary of State said it was "right" for the Government to make preparations for a no-deal Brexit, comparing it to wearing a seatbelt when driving a fast auto.

'If EU intransigence persists, we must be willing to leave the EU at the end of March on World Trade Organisation terms.

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