Brexit may never happen at all, says Theresa May
UK Prime Minister Theresa May has stated that if her deal was voted down again, it could result in a softer Brexit or the UK not leaving “at all” – which would be a “political failure”.
May today appealed to EU leaders for “one more push” to get her Brexit deal through Parliament but warned of a “moment of crisis” if MPs reject it.
She said the UK had tabled “serious and detailed” proposals to address the deadlock over the Irish backstop but admitted talks had been “difficult”.
“Let’s get it done,” she urged.
The EU has told the UK to come forward with new ideas to break the deadlock.
In a speech to a green energy firm in Lincolnshire, Mrs May said she understood the “genuine concerns” about the backstop but appealed to MPs to recognise that the deal as a whole respected the 2016 referendum result and would ensure the UK’s long-term prosperity.
The UK is due to leave on 29 March although Parliament has yet to agree the terms of withdrawal.
MPs will vote for a second time on the withdrawal deal Mrs May has negotiated with the EU on Tuesday – after it was defeated by a historic margin in a Commons vote in January.
If they reject it again, they will get the option of either leaving without a deal or delaying the exit date.
“Back it and the UK will leave the EU,” she said.
“Reject it and no-one knows what will happen. We may not leave the EU for many months. We may leave without the protections a deal provides, we may never leave at all.”
It was in neither side’s interest to prolong the uncertainty by “carry on arguing” about Brexit, she said, claiming any delay beyond 29 March only risked “creating new problems”.