‘I don’t think no deal is a good idea at all’: Cameron insists he backs May’s plan for a ‘partnership’ with the EU and warns MPs not to crash Britain out
- David Cameron insisted he backed Theresa May’s Brexit negotiating plan today
- He said the PM was right to seek a ‘partnership’ plan with the European Union
- But he warned MPs in Parliament that a no deal was not a ‘good idea at all’
David Cameron warned MPs not to let Britain crash out of the EU today as Theresa May faces catastrophe over Brexit.
The former Prime Minister insisted he would not give a running commentary on events.
Mr Cameron said he supported Mrs May’s pursuit of a ‘partnership’ with the EU.
But as he left home today he told reporters: ‘I don’t think no deal is a good idea at all.’
Mrs May is due to put her deal to a new vote of MPs tomorrow but faces near certain defeat after the EU refused to make any concessions on the backstop.
MPs are then due to vote on whether or not no deal is acceptable on Wednesday.
David Cameron (pictured today in London) warned MPs not to let Britain crash out of the EU today as Theresa May faces catastrophe over Brexit
Mr Cameron said: ‘I support the Prime Minister and I think she is doing the right thing seeking a partnership deal with the EU, that’s the right approach.
The reason I don’t give lots of interviews and answer lots of questions about this is because her job is hard enough already without her immediate predecessor giving a running a commentary.
‘So I wish her well.’
Asked about no deal as he walked off, Mr Cameron said: ‘I don’t think no deal is a good idea at all.’
Mrs May was today urged to delay her Brexit doomsday vote in the Commons tomorrow after she again failed to make any breakthrough in negotiations with the EU and called off an 11th-hour trip to Brussels.
The Prime Minister had her plane on standby but after a phone call with President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker last night she cancelled plans to fly out to Europe as the deadlock continues.
Theresa May (pictured today at Downing Street) was today urged to delay her Brexit doomsday vote in the Commons tomorrow after she again failed to make any breakthrough in negotiations with the EU and called off an 11th-hour trip to Brussels
Today it emerged that Mrs May is being urged by Conservative MPs to stop the vote on her deal in the Commons tomorrow night because it is ‘inevitable’ it will be defeated by 100-plus votes.
Instead she is being advised to replace it with a motion on the kind of Brexit deal wanted by Tories to put pressure back on the EU to help deliver her divorce by March 29.
The next EU council meeting of the 27 states begins on March 21 – just eight days before Brexit is due to happen – and optimistic members of the Downing Street team are said to be hopeful that European leaders could still back down at the last minute.
A source told The Times: ‘As it stands her deal is going to be defeated. It has been made clear to Downing Street that it would be eminently sensible to avoid that by proposing a motion that the party can support. Whether they listen or not is another matter’.
If the vote goes ahead and she loses some in her party are ready to call for Mrs May to resign immediately.
Sources have claimed cabinet support is also failing, with under-fire ministers Chris Grayling and Karen Bradley said to be the only two people vocally backing the PM, who has kept them in their jobs despite usually career-ending blunders in recent weeks.