May urges MPs to back Brexit deal to avoid "catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust"

MPs will vote on the withdrawal agreement on Tuesday

May urges MPs to back Brexit deal to avoid "catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust"

Theresa May. Picture by: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/PA Images

Theresa May has again urged politicians in the UK to support her Brexit deal, claiming that a failure to deliver Brexit would be a "catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust".

After the long-awaited 'meaningful vote' on the Brexit withdrawal deal was delayed last month, MPs in the House of Commons will finally vote on the agreement on Tuesday.

It's widely expected that they will reject the deal - with dozens of members of the Mrs May's own Conservative among those opposing the deal agreed with the EU.

Writing in the UK's Sunday Express newspaper as the crucial vote looms, the British Prime Minister suggests: "It is the biggest and most important decision that any MP of our generation will be asked to make. So they must decide what really matters.

"If Parliament does not come together and back this deal in our national interest we risk leaving with no deal, with all the uncertainty for jobs and security that will bring."

Addressing the public directly, she adds: "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."

Her plea comes amid continuing reports about what will happen if the deal is rejected.

Mrs May's government suffered another defeat during the week when MPs voted to demand the government comes forward alternative proposals within days if the withdrawal agreement is voted down.

Now it's reported that a cross-party group is looking to change House of Commons rules in the event of a 'no' vote.

According to the Sunday Times, the MPs involved are looking to give precedence to backbench motions over government business.

The paper reports such a change would 'upend the centuries-old relationship between executive and legislature'.