British MPs won't vote for no-deal Brexit, Amber Rudd says

Saul Bowman
November 24, 2018

The Prime Minister will head to Brussels on Saturday for eve-of-summit talks with Jean-Claude Juncker knowing that she also faces an uphill task in Westminster to persuade her own MPs to back her deal.

Amber Rudd, the pro-EU Conservative who's now back in the Cabinet, said Parliament would make sure the United Kingdom doesn't crash out of the bloc without a deal even if it votes down May's agreement.

"It is my view that parliament, the House of Commons, will stop "no deal".

Tory MP Damian Collins, a fierce critic of Theresa May's deal also said that a referendum on the final deal or general election were likelier than a No Deal Brexit - which had no "majority in the House of Commons to allow".

When asked if she would prefer a no-deal Brexit or a fresh vote, Secretary Rudd said she thinks parliament ultimately won't allow the United Kingdom to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

"I don't think we are looking at another referendum". I think people will take a careful look over the abyss - MPs of all parties - and consider whether they think it is in the best interests of the whole country.

Theresa May insisted a deal is "within our grasp".

Mr Sanchez can not "veto Brexit" or the Withdrawal Agreement, but a refusal to co-operate will sour the atmosphere at a summit where leaders of the 27 remaining European Union members were aiming for consensus.

It's a message aimed at anti-EU hardliners who are threatening to vote down her deal when it comes to Parliament next month, as they think the agreement leaves the United Kingdom too closely bound to the EU.

Sir Keir said: "After these comments from Amber Rudd, it's time for the Government to drop the false choice between a bad deal and no deal, and to come forward with a plan that can command the majority support of Parliament".

"Parliament will take back control. There are better alternatives".

The government caved in to a series of opposition amendments to its Budget-enacting Finance Bill in the latest sign that the DUP's MPs would not support May's minority administration.

Mrs May has managed to quell a Cabinet mutiny over the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement - albeit at the cost of two big resignations.

Asked whether the United Kingdom expected the summit to go ahead, the PM's official spokesman said only: "A summit has been called, an agenda has been published and we look forward to attending". "Unless the deal falls, then other options simply aren't available, so we've just got to sensible about how these decision are going to have to be made".

But answering questions in the Commons on Wednesday, she told MPs that the alternative to her deal "will either be more uncertainty, more division, or it could risk no Brexit at all".

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