Theresa May has warned of a “catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust” in democracy if Brexit doesn’t happen and the UK remains in the EU.
Mrs May urged MPs to “do what is right for our country” and back her Brexit deal, calling it “the “biggest and most important decision that any MP of our generation will be asked to make”.
With just two before the Commons vote on her withdrawal agreement, the Prime Minister pleaded with MPs to “do what is right for our country” and “deliver” for the people.
Writing in the Sunday Express, she said the UK is at risk of crashing out of the EU without a deal or could end up not leaving at all.
“You, the British people, voted to leave,” Mrs May wrote. “And then, in the 2017 General Election, 80% of you voted for MPs who stood on manifestos to respect that referendum result. You have delivered your instructions. Now it is our turn to deliver for you.
She continued: “When you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard. Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades. We cannot – and must not – let you down.
“Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy. So my message to Parliament this weekend is simple: it is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country.”
The Prime Minister’s warning comes as Downing Street said it was “extremely concerned” about a reported backbench plot to change Commons rules allowing backbench motions to take precedence over Government business if Mrs May’s deal falls.
According to the Sunday Times, the plan could see the Government lose control of parliamentary business, threatening not only Brexit legislation but the Government’s ability to govern.
Mrs May has also faced calls from predecessor Sir John Major to revoke Article 50 to stop Brexit as he warned it would be “morally reprehensible” to crash out without a deal.
The PM has also faced further opposition to her deal from former Brexit secretary Dominic Raab, who used an article in the Sunday Telegraph to urge MPs to vote down Mrs May’s “bad” deal and send a message to Brussels that the UK “will not be bullied”.
He said if it is defeated, Britain should continue to press the EU for a deal that “respects the referendum but if Brussels’ “intransigence” persists “we must be willing to leave the EU at the end of March on World Trade Organisation terms”.
More than 100 MEPs from 26 EU member states have also signed a letter calling on the UK to “reconsider” the Brexit decision, saying the its departure will “weaken all of us”.