UK PM May: Rejecting Brexit would be catastrophic

The British flag is seen at half mast

The British flag is seen at half mast

Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood became the latest frontbencher to threaten to resign if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal - and said he expected "many" more to follow suit.

"I think parliament is very committed to try to stop no-deal, but I think we have to recognise that there is a deal on the table, it does broadly deliver the Brexit people voted for, and if we don't find a way to get this through, we are taking some very big risks".

Theresa May's Brexit deal looks set to suffer a landslide defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday.

Downing Street has reportedly said it is "extremely concerned" about the supposed plot, which it says could potentially overturn centuries of Parliamentary precedent.

The Commons will vote on Mrs May's withdrawal agreement on Tuesday and the PM is widely expected to lose.

"This is something I don't think has really been focused on", the Leave Means Leave co-chairman said on his Sunday LBC Radio show.

Mr Corbyn hinted that Article 50 may have to be extended if his party came into power.

Some Tory rebels have warned Mrs May they will vote with the opposition in a vote of no confidence to bring down the Government and force an election rather than allow a no-deal Brexit.

Mrs May is expected to tell factory workers in pro-Leave Stoke-on-Trent on Monday: 'I ask MPs to consider the consequences of their actions on the faith of the British people in our democracy. And then, in the 2017 General Election, 80 percent of you voted for MPs who stood on manifestos to respect that referendum result.

"Therefore my message to my fellow Brexit-supporting MPs is you are playing with fire if you vote down this deal in the hope of something better, and the only way to deliver Brexit is to vote for the deal this week". Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades. We can not - and must not - let you down.

"Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy", she wrote in the Sunday Express.

"The country does have a right to know what members of parliament are for, not just what they are against, and it's important that the house comes to a view as to what it can back", Barclay said.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Thursday that the world did not want to see a disorderly Brexit and that he fully supported May's withdrawal deal.

It has also emerged that 14 military planners have been deployed to four key Whitehall departments to assist with no-deal planning, according to a Freedom of Information request by the Observer.

The deal has come under fire from across the political spectrum, with opponents of the European Union seeking a cleaner break and pro-European lawmakers pressing for a second vote on membership of the bloc.

On Sunday, the Brexit secretary, Stephen Barclay, insisted there had been "some movement" by MPs in favour of May's deal while suggesting the prime minister would take guidance from parliament on what MPs could support should it fail.

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