Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Monday that Britain’s planned exit from the EU could be derailed, and that Britain was more likely to not leave the EU at all, than leave the EU without a deal.
While Mrs May and EU leaders have exchanged letters giving assurances on her withdrawal agreement, most Brexit-supporting lawmakers have repeatedly said they will vote down Mrs May’s proposed Brexit deal, which is up for a vote on Tuesday evening.
“There are some in Westminster who would wish to delay or even stop Brexit and who will use every device available to them to do so,” Mrs May said.
“While no-deal remains a serious risk, having observed the events at Westminster over the last seven days, it’s now my judgment that the more likely outcome is a paralysis in parliament that risks there being no Brexit.”
The UK Prime Minister issued a stern warning to lawmakers last week that failing to deliver Brexit would be ‘catastrophic’ for democracy. Her ministers have said that thwarting the outcome of the 2016 referendum, in which Britain voted to leave the EU, could lead to rise in far-right populism.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk said the EU stood by its commitment to try and reach a post-Brexit trade deal by the end of next year in order to avoid using the unpopular ‘Irish backstop’ in the event that the UK leaves the EU without securing an all-encompassing deal.