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United Kingdom risks Brexit paralysis and possibly no Brexit at all: Foreign minister

United Kingdom risks Brexit paralysis and possibly no Brexit at all: Foreign minister

May, who is fighting to save her withdrawal agreement negotiated with the bloc over 18 months of talks, told lawmakers they must not let down Brexit-backers in a crunch parliamentary vote Tuesday. We can not - and must not - let you down.

Ministers have warned the United Kingdom faces Brexit "paralysis" if this happens.

'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".

He said if it is defeated, Britain should continue to press the European Union for a deal that "respects the referendum but if Brussels" "intransigence persists" we must be willing to leave the European Union at the end of March on World Trade Organisation terms'.

And he warned of a "growing risk" that Parliament could frustrate Brexit, following reports of a plot to change Commons rules to enable backbench motions to take precedence over Government business if Mrs May's deal falls.

The Sunday Times reported that rebel lawmakers were planning to wrest control of the legislative agenda away from May next week with a view to suspending or delaying Brexit, citing a senior government source.

BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said one possibility was that backbenchers could legally compel the government to delay Brexit beyond the set departure date - a proposal some MPs have already called for.

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It was previously thought only ministers could put a halt to Britain leaving with no deal.

In a significant shift of tone apparently created to win over hardline Brexiteers who have set their faces against Mrs May's deal, Mr Hunt warned that defeat next week would not necessarily provide MPs with the opportunity to choose their preferred version of Brexit.

It came as the third day of debate was to due open on the draft deal the prime minister has struck with Brussels.

Last week the government was defeated twice in the Commons on Brexit votes.

While in the second they voted for the government to come back to the Commons with a plan B for Brexit within three days should it lose Tuesday's vote. However, with more than 100 Tory MPs opposing the deal, it is expected to be rejected.

Meanwhile, Labour is gearing up to stage a no-confidence vote immediately after the Brexit deal decision - potentially as early as Wednesday.

While Grayling stopped short of predicting riots on the street if Brexit was weakened or reversed, he painted a picture of a "less tolerant society" and a "more nationalistic nation", as indicated by the incident with pro-Remain MP Anna Soubry.