Theresa May: Brexit deal rejection risks democratic ‘catastrophe’

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May during a visit to the Twickenham Rugby Stadium in London | Frank Augstein/AFP via Getty Images

Theresa May: Brexit deal rejection risks democratic ‘catastrophe’

The UK prime minister told MPs it was time to ‘forget the games and do what is right.’


1/13/19, 10:32 AM CET

Updated 1/13/19, 11:08 AM CET

Not following through with Brexit would be “catastrophic” for U.K. democracy, said Prime Minister Theresa May in an eleventh hour appeal to members of parliament to back her deal in a key vote Tuesday.

Writing in the Express, May said MPs had a duty to deliver on the referendum outcome. Addressing voters, she said that “when you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard. Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades. We cannot — and must not — let you down.”

“Doing so would be a catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy. 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 added.

The prime minister said the deal she negotiated with Brussels in November delivers on the referendum result by restoring control over money, laws, borders and trade policy — repeating arguments she has made in speeches, articles, interviews and House of Commons appearances.

But there has been no sign of a significant shift in MPs’ voting intentions since May dramatically pulled the parliamentary vote on her deal in December fearing a substantial defeat.

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