SNP's Ian Blackford urges MPs to block Brexit deal

SNP's Ian Blackford urges MPs to block Brexit deal

SNP's Ian Blackford urges MPs to block Brexit deal

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.

British lawmakers, who look set to reject Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal next week, are risking paralysis and Britain potentially not leaving the EU, Britain's foreign minister has warned.

He said: "Four decisions need to be made: MPs should vote against no deal; they should vote against the Prime Minister's deal; the European Union should be asked to extend Article 50 deadline to stop the United Kingdom crashing out in March; and MPs should come together to support a new referendum on European Union membership".

It came after the Prime Minister warned of a "catastrophic and unforgivable" breach of trust in democracy if her exit plan is defeated and the United Kingdom remains in the EU.

My message to Parliament this weekend is simple: it is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country.

He warned Eurosceptics that they may not be able to rely on the clock ticking down to the default option of a no-deal Brexit on March 29 if Mrs May's deal is voted down.

MPs will gather at Westminster Monday to resume their marathon debate on the Brexit bill ahead of the vote early Tuesday evening.

"This is something I don't think has really been focused on", the Leave Means Leave co-chairman said on his Sunday LBC Radio show.

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The Sunday Times, citing a senior government source, reported that rebel legislators were planning to wrest control of the legislative agenda away from May next week with a view to suspending or delaying Brexit.

Conservative MP Nick Boles, who favours a Norway-style relationship with the bloc instead of May's plan, told the paper he was exploring tactics in the Commons to rule out no-deal.

She now is urging Parliament to support it so Britain doesn't leave the European Union on March 29 without a deal, which would threaten trade, jobs and economic growth.

"I am working on ways to achieve that outcome", Boles added, noting he would publish the plan on Tuesday.

The Labour leader said people should "see what happens" on Tuesday, when Mrs May's controversial Withdrawal Agreement is put to a vote in the Commons, but said his party would table a confidence motion "at a time of our choosing".

Following a vote in the Commons last week, MPs will also have the right to amend any second proposal brought forward by the British leader.

Mr Blackford said: "I think everyone now knows that there is no such thing as a "good Brexit", there's no such thing as a "jobs-first Brexit", as some have claimed".

Mrs May was boosted on Thursday by two Tory backbenchers - her former policy adviser George Freeman, and Trudy Harrison - indicating they will back her deal, as well as by a call from Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for the United Kingdom to avoid no-deal.

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