British Prime Minister Theresa May warned Monday that lawmakers are more likely to stop Brexit than leave the European Union without a deal, the Press Association (PA) reported.
“I ask MPs to consider the consequences of their actions on the faith of the British people in our democracy,” May is expected to tell factory workers in pro-Leave Stoke-on-Trent a day before the critical House of Commons vote on her exit plan from the EU.
In a last-ditch appeal for backing of her Brexit deal, the prime minister warned lawmakers that it’s their “duty” to “implement the result of the referendum.”
Last week, lawmakers narrowly passed a controversial amendment from Conservative former minister Dominic Grieve compelling the government to say within three sitting days what it will do if, as expected, May’s Brexit deal is voted down on Tuesday.
The prime minister, who said she was surprised that the vote on the amendment was even allowed, will say that she now believes that lawmakers are more likely to block Brexit than allow Britain to exit the EU without a deal.
“What if we found ourselves in a situation where Parliament tried to take the UK out of the EU in opposition to a remain vote?
“People’s faith in the democratic process and their politicians would suffer catastrophic harm,” May is expected to say according to a preview of her speech seen by PA.
If lawmakers do not accept May’s withdrawal deal and fail to ratify it before March 29, Britain would be on track for an unregulated Brexit.