Theresa May: Not backing Brexit deal would be 'unforgiveable breach of trust'

Theresa May

Sunday, January 13, 2019

The Prime Minister has urged MPs to back her divisive Brexit deal, claiming voting against it would be a "catastrophic and unforgivable breach of trust in our democracy".

Ms May made the comments in a column published in the Sunday Express ahead of Tuesday's meaningful vote.

In the column, she pleaded with parliamentarians to "do what is right" for the UK and back her plan, amid reports of a backbench plot to change Commons rules to enable backbench motions to take precedence over government business if the deal is rejected.



It has also emerged that Speaker John Bercow met with Dominic Grieve the day before the MP tabled an amendment to speed up Brexit negotiations if Ms May's deal falls.

Writing in the Sunday Express, the Prime Minister said: "You, the British people, voted to leave. And then, in the 2017 General Election, 80 per cent of you voted for MPs who stood on manifestos to respect that referendum result. You have delivered your instructions. Now it is our turn to deliver for you.

"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."