REMAIN MPs may try to ‘steal’ Brexit from the public if Theresa May’s withdrawal deal is voted down, the international trade secretary has said.
With the prime minister facing a battle to get her deal passed, MPs could attempt to block Britain leaving the EU, Liam Fox told the Commons international trade committee. He said there was ‘a real danger the House of Commons, which has a natural Remain majority, may attempt to steal Brexit from the British people. Which I think would be a democratic affront’.
Referring to the backstop to prevent a return to a hard border with Ireland, Dr Fox called it ‘a calculated risk’.
No deal will severely hurt jobs, says the CBI
BRITAIN can expect steady economic growth if it leaves the EU in an ‘orderly’ way, but a no-deal exit would blow this forecast ‘out of the water’, the CBI has said.
The industry organisation predicted GDP growth of 1.3 per cent for 2018, 1.4 per cent in 2019 and 1.6 per cent in 2020, if the UK secures a deal.
However, jobs, businesses, and living standards would be ‘severely’ hurt if the UK crashed out, director general Carolyn Fairbairn predicted.
She said: ‘The government’s deal is not perfect. But it is the only offer on the table that can protect our economy, reduce uncertainty and open up a route to a decent trade deal.’