PM warns of catastrophe if Brexit rejected

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Labour's David Lammy for the People's Vote campaign, said: "Jeremy Hunt has confirmed publicly what more and more of his colleagues are saying in private: that if MPs can't agree on Theresa May's deal next week, the only way forward is to give the public the final say on Brexit through a People's Vote".

Mr Hunt's words were seen as a way to win over hardline Brexiteers who are not convinced by Mrs May's deal. Now it is our turn to deliver for you. We can not - and must not - let you down.

"So my message to parliament this weekend is simple: it is time to forget the games and do what is right for our country", she wrote.

Downing Street was preparing for a narrow defeat allowing Mrs May to renegotiate final tweaks to her deal with European Union leaders realising it could cross the finish line.

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Under the rebels' plan, reported in the Sunday Times, the government could lose control of parliamentary business, which could threaten Brexit legislation and its ability to govern.

Tory ex-PM Sir John Major today called for Article 50 to be revoked to give the United Kingdom more time, saying it was the "only sensible course".

Defeat will leave Britain staring at an exit on March 29 without a deal, unless the country's feuding politicians can agree on another plan.

But many MPs also object to the no deal Brexit, calling for either Article 50 to be extended or revoked, or a second referendum to allow the general public to decide the next move.

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Sir John reiterated his support for a second referendum on Brexit, insisting it would be "morally reprehensible" if the government allowed the country to crash out of the European Union without a deal.

'Jumping off a cliff has never had a happy ending'.

The Cabinet ministers were speaking as MPs prepared for the third day of debate in the House of Commons ahead of next Tuesday's crunch vote, with Home Secretary Sajid Javid opening proceedings which are expected to be dominated by the issue of migration.

Mrs May was boosted yesterday by two Tory backbenchers - her former policy adviser George Freeman, and Trudy Harrison - indicating they will back her deal.

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