Andrea Leadsom warns MPs they cannot stop a no-deal Brexit unless they approve an alternative plan for Britain to leave EU
- Andrea Leadsom told colleagues no-deal is ‘legal fault position’ if UK leaves EU
- The Leader of the Commons supports a ‘managed no-deal’ as an alternative
- Mrs Leadsom warned second referendum could cause rise of ‘extremist parties’
Andrea Leadsom has warned MPs that they cannot stop a no-deal Brexit unless they approve an alternative plan for Britain to leave the EU.
The Leader of the Commons told colleagues that a no-deal is the ‘legal fault position’ if the UK leaves the EU in March with no alternative.
Mrs Leadsom supports a ‘managed no-deal’ which would see the UK and EU keep elements of the withdrawal agreement during a transitional period while making mini-deals on aviation and travel.
But in an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mrs Leadsom says the government is set to prepare for ‘all eventualities’ and if parliament does not want a no-deal, MPs should vote for the prime minister’s plans.
Andrea Leadsom (pictured) has warned MPs that they cannot stop a no-deal Brexit unless they approve an alternative plan for Britain to leave the EU
The former Leave campaigner also warned that a second referendum could drive support away from the Conservatives and cause the rise of ‘extremist parties’.
It comes after David Gauke threatened to quit the Cabinet if Theresa May pushed forward with a no-deal Brexit.
And No10 fear a string of ministers could also quit if the UK looks set for a no deal – including Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Education Secretary Damian Hinds and Scotland Secretary David Mundell.
Mrs Leadsom, also known as ‘the Leader’ to her staff, told The Sunday Telegraph that failing to deliver on the referendum wold be ‘unforgivable’.
She said: ‘Not only for the fact that it ignores the clear result of the biggest democratic exercise ever, but also because of what would be the potential knock-on effect.
‘It could result in support for the Conservative Party being lost, a rise in extremist politics as we’ve seen happening elsewhere in the world, and an even deeper divide across the country.’
David Gauke (pictured left) has warned he could quit the Cabinet if Theresa May pushes ahead with a no deal Brexit. Commons leader Leadsom (pictured right) told colleagues that a no-deal is the ‘legal fault position’ if the UK leaves the EU in March with no other alternative
Shortly before the interview, it emerged that a cross-party group of MPs tabled a slew of amendments to key pieces of legislation to try to bind the Government’s hands to kill off a ‘no deal’.
Tory MPs Nicky Morgan and Sir Oliver Letwin have joined with Labour’s Yvette Cooper and Hilary Benn to table an amendment to the Finance Bill.
If passed, it would stop the Government from changing taxes if there is a no deal Brexit without Parliament’s explicit consent.
Further amendments are expected to be drafted to key pieces of Brexit legislation as part of the same campaign.
The MPs hope that they can stop a no deal Brexit and get the Government to pursue a ‘plan B’ if Mrs May’s deal is voted down as expected next month.