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Brexit could be cancelled if MPs dont back Theresa Mays draft plan, MPs warned

Brexit could be suspended if MPs reject Theresa Mays controversial draft deal, the justice secretary has war..

By admin , in England , at November 21, 2018

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Brexit could be suspended if MPs reject Theresa Mays controversial draft deal, the justice secretary has warned.

David Gauke said a suspension of the entire process or a no deal Brexit are the only two options if the deal does not pass through the Commons.

The prime minister has faced a backlash from Brexiteers over the last week, with some sending in letters of no confidence in the hope of triggering a leadership challenge.

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Mandatory Credit: Photo by Mark Thomas/REX (9986890bd) David Gauke, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, leaves the Cabinet meeting. Prime Minister, Theresa May, is trying to finalise her Brexit plans. Cabinet meeting, London, UK-20 Nov 2018

Justice Secretary David Gauke has said Brexiteers could cause Brexit to be suspended (Picture: REX)

However, their momentum has stalled in recent days.

In a message to rebel Tories on ITVs Good Morning Britain, Mr Gauke said their opposition to Mrs May could have huge consequences.

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He said: What happens if this deal is defeated is that we are left with two very, very difficult options.

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One is a crashing out, no deal Brexit which will mean jobs will be lost and living standards will be reduced, or we are put in a position of deferring or suspending Brexit which wouldnt be respecting the referendum results.

Those choices will become increasingly clear over the weeks ahead and in those circumstances I think Parliament will take a sensible, pragmatic view that we should proceed with this deal.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Harry Lloyd-Evans/REX (9986942h) Jacob Rees-Mogg attends a press conference on the ERG's paper: Fact not Friction European Research Group press conference, London, UK - 20 Nov 2018

Jacob Rees-Mogg has led opposition to Theresa Mays draft Brexit deal (Picture: Rex)

Last week, Jacob Rees-Mogg led a group of Eurosceptic MPs who aimed to force a vote of no confidence in Mrs May.

But despite confident early predictions they would reach the 48 letters of no confidence needed to trigger a vote, support appears to have dwindled.

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In a bid to drum up support, Mr Rees-Mogg, the leader of the pro-Brexit European Research Group (ERG), said the Conservatives will be stuck with Mrs May for the next election unless she leaves office now.

He said: I think it is now or the prime minister will lead the Conservatives into the next election.

You find MPs privately who will say to you they think that is a really good idea in any number and I would be quite surprised.

While party rules would permit a fresh challenge in a years time if there was a failed attempt now, he said that in practice it was doubtful that would happen.

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Asked if his attempt to unseat the prime minister had been exposed as a Dads Army operation, Mr Rees-Mogg replied: Ive always admired Captain Mainwaring.

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