Brexiteer cupboard minister Liam Fox has accused pro-Stay MPs of attempting to “in impact steal Brexit”, amid backbench strikes to take management of the method.
He informed the BBC: “You’ve got acquired a Depart inhabitants and a Stay Parliament. Parliament has not acquired the suitable to hijack the Brexit course of.”
There are numerous backbench strikes to forestall the UK leaving the European Union with out a deal on 29 March.
Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer mentioned the PM ought to rule out a no-deal Brexit.
He mentioned he believed it was “inevitable” that Article 50 shall be delayed and that occasions in Parliament final week – when MPs closely rejected the withdrawal deal Theresa Could has negotiated with the EU – imply second referendum is now extra seemingly.
He informed the BBC the prime minister should additionally change her “purple strains” including: “If she will not, it is troublesome to see the place we go from right here.”
On Monday, Theresa Could is to make an announcement to MPs setting out how she intends to proceed with Brexit. She may also desk a “impartial” movement – which numerous teams of MPs are anticipated to attempt to amend – to be debated and voted on, on 29 January.
One group of MPs will current a invoice that would permit Brexit to be delayed if Parliament doesn’t approve a withdrawal deal. In accordance with the Sunday Occasions, one other group led by Dominic Grieve needs to pause Brexit by extending Article 50.
Worldwide Commerce Secretary Mr Fox informed BBC One’s Andrew Marr Present: “You’ve got acquired a Depart inhabitants and a Stay parliament. Parliament has not acquired the suitable to hijack the Brexit course of as a result of Parliament has mentioned to the folks of this nation: ‘We make a contract with you, you’ll make the choice and we’ll honour it.’
“What we at the moment are getting are a few of those that had been all the time completely against the results of the referendum, attempting to hijack Brexit and, in impact, steal the outcome from the folks.”
He added: “On this level, Parliament subcontracted its sovereignty on the problem of whether or not we stayed within the European Union or to not the folks of this nation.”
He warned that, if the referendum outcome was not honoured: “The implications politically can be astronomical”
What are backbenchers proposing?
A bunch of cross-party MPs will current a invoice proposing that the UK extends its negotiations with the EU – if MPs don’t approve a withdrawal settlement.
MPs have already rejected Theresa Could’s withdrawal settlement as soon as, by 432 votes to 202.
The brand new invoice would give the prime minister till 26 February to get parliamentary approval for a deal.
If the federal government fails to do this, the invoice would permit Parliament to vote on an extension to Article 50, which might delay Brexit, and will stop the UK leaving the EU with out a deal.
MPs voted in favour of invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – which permits the UK and EU two years to barter the phrases of Brexit – in 2017.
The brand new invoice is being introduced by Labour’s Yvette Cooper, the Conservative former Training Secretary Nicky Morgan, and Liberal Democrat MP Norman Lamb, amongst others.
Ms Morgan informed Sky Information the legislation must be modified if the UK was to be prevented from leaving the EU with out a deal in place on 29 March – and that’s the place the “very quick” invoice she is backing got here in.
However she mentioned that to explain the transfer as a “coup” was “overblown”:
She mentioned: “It is a unusual form of coup that begins with a complete bunch of democratically elected members of Parliament.”
She conceded it was “unprecedented for backbenchers’ enterprise to take priority over authorities enterprise” however mentioned it was confined to 1 situation – Brexit.
In accordance with the Sunday Occasions, backbench Tory Remainer Dominic Grieve has additionally been drafting a movement, with the specific intention of extending Article 50.
When is the UK leaving the EU?
After Article 50 was authorised by MPs, it was invoked by the UK on 29 March 2017. Meaning the UK is because of depart the EU on 29 March this yr.
Following 20 months of negotiations, the UK and the EU agreed a withdrawal settlement – which covers the “divorce invoice”, residents’ rights, and a potential Northern Irish “backstop” – but it surely must be authorised by Parliament.
If Parliament does not approve it, the UK is because of depart the EU with out a deal or a transition interval, which might imply commerce reverting to World Commerce Group guidelines.