UK PM May: Rejecting Brexit would be catastrophic

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Failure to deliver Brexit would be "incredibly damaging" for democracy and something the United Kingdom would regret for "many, many generations", he said. "It would be a catastrophe", Juncker said.

"We are checking with Downing Street what the clarifications could amount to".

May's deal agrees a 21-month transition period under current terms while the future relationship with the bloc is negotiated, but it has drawn steadfast opposition from both Brexiteers and Remainers.

Ministers have warned the United Kingdom faces Brexit "paralysis" if this happens. "So we need to explore what those circumstances might be and have an opinion so that how we can proceed from there".

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".

The rebel Tory has been at the forefront of efforts to make sure MPs have a say in what happens if Theresa May's deal is voted down.

Mr Halfon is one of those who plans to vote against the prime minister Brexit deal in the House of Commons next week, saying: "I don't like voting against the prime minister" but that he feels he would be breaking a promise to his constituents to honour the Brexit result if not. "We will do everything we can to prevent a no deal exit". And Brexit paralysis ultimately could lead to no Brexit.

Mr Hunt warned: "If we were, as a political class, not to deliver Brexit, that would be a fundamental breach of trust between the people and the politicians".

"I think that it is possible that certain types of food that are seasonable and come directly from the continent could be impacted to a limited degree".

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"We're not tearing up the treaty of Rome any more than the European Union wants to tear up the treaty of Rome", he said.

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Mr Grayling said there would be a "different tone" in British politics if the United Kingdom failed to leave the European Union, and predicted a "less tolerant society" and a "more nationalistic nation". "We have seen from this week that parliament has the ability to assert itself and to shape outcomes".

"The risk of parliament acting in a way that frustrates what was the biggest vote in our history has increased", Barclay told BBC TV, adding that it was going to be "challenging" to get parliament to support May's deal in a vote on Tuesday.

Mrs May was boosted on Thursday by two Tory backbenchers - her former policy adviser George Freeman, and Trudy Harrison - indicating they will back her deal, as well as by a call from Japanese PM Shinzo Abe for the United Kingdom to avoid no-deal.

The vote had been scheduled to take place in December but was called off at the last minute by the prime minister, who was facing nearly certain defeat.

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 United Kingdom "will not be bullied".

Ms Rudd said it was "right" for the government to make preparations for a no-deal Brexit, comparing it to wearing a seatbelt when driving a fast vehicle. What I think he's trying to do is ensure Parliament has an absolute say in it.

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