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Brexit: PM warns of 'catastrophic breach of trust'

14 January 2019

In a significant shift of tone apparently created to win over hardline Brexiteers who have set their faces against Mrs May's deal, Mr Hunt warned that defeat next week would not necessarily provide MPs with the opportunity to choose their preferred version of Brexit.

Mrs May said: "When you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard". We can not - and must not - let you down.

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

Many Brexiteer lawmakers want a cleaner break from the European Union and its institutions but Hunt said parliament, where Britain's ruling Conservatives do not have a majority, would probably not allow the country to crash out of the bloc.

Pressure mounted on Jeremy Corbyn to trigger a confidence vote in the Government, but shadow chancellor John McDonnell said his party would make such a move when "the time is right".

Downing Street said it was "extremely concerned" about the plans, reported in the Sunday Times, which could threaten Brexit legislation and the government's ability to govern.

It was previously thought only ministers could put a halt to Britain leaving with no deal.

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

He added that a "new process" of national consultation was needed, adding: 'No true democracy should deny a considered choice to its people'.

London mayor Sadiq Khan suggested May should step down and call a general election if she loses next week's vote.

May faced further opposition to her deal from her former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab who believes the United Kingdom should pursue a hard-Brexit. And then, in the 2017 General Election, 80% of you voted for MPs who stood on manifestos to respect that referendum result.

"I'm saying this would be (an) incredibly damaging breach of trust and it would also be very bad for Britain's reputation overseas, having chose to leave the European Union, if we in the end for whatever reasons found we weren't able to do it".

Asked whether she agreed with Mr Hunt that the United Kingdom could thrive after a no-deal Brexit, Ms Rudd told Today: "This is a strong and great country, we will find a way to succeed but I do not think that no-deal would be good for this country and I'm committed to making sure we find an alternative".

Brexit: PM warns of 'catastrophic breach of trust'