Scottish Government writes to MPs ahead of crucial Brexit vote

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

Writing in the Sunday Express newspaper, May told the people of Britain: "You have delivered your instructions".

The Labour leader again refused to confirm that an immediate challenge to the government would take place if May, as expected, loses Tuesday's key vote on her Brexit plan.

However, when the BBC asked what happens if the deal is defeated, Barclay said he suspected the Commons would support something "along the lines of this deal" but did not speculate on whether the government had a Brexit "plan B" lined up.

However, Corbyn's priority is to force a national election and he said he would propose a vote of confidence in the government "soon" if May loses on Tuesday.

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

"And there is a problem that if you have a referendum and you tell everybody that you're going to observe the result and do what the people decide, the referendum was not about trade agreements, it was about whether as a country we want to take our own decisions in the world".

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

The Sunday Times reported, citing a senior government source, that some of the rebel lawmakers were planning to wrest control of the legislative agenda away from May in order to suspend or delay Brexit.

"So my message to Parliament this weekend is simple: It is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country".

He used an article in the Sunday Telegraph to urge MPs to vote down Mrs May's "bad" deal to send a message to Brussels that the United Kingdom "will not be bullied".

May's deal has come under fire from all sides - with opponents of the European Union seeking a cleaner break and many pro-Europeans pressing for a second referendum.

MPs will gather at Westminster Monday to resume their marathon debate on the Brexit bill ahead of the vote early Tuesday evening. The vote was postponed at short notice in December after the Prime Minister faced a humiliating defeat by politicians.

While Grayling stopped short of predicting riots on the street if Brexit was weakened or reversed, he painted a picture of a "less tolerant society" and a "more nationalistic nation", as indicated by the incident with pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry.

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".

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