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14 January, 2019

It came after the Prime Minister warned of a "catastrophic and unforgivable" breach of trust in democracy if her exit plan is defeated and the United Kingdom remains in the EU.

In a significant shift of tone apparently created to win over hardline Brexiteers who have set their faces against Mrs May's deal, Mr Hunt warned that defeat next week would not necessarily provide MPs with the opportunity to choose their preferred version of Brexit.

Speaking on the BBC's "Andrew Marr Show" on Sunday, Corbyn said a confidence vote would be brought "at a time of our choosing, but it is going to be soon, don't worry about that".

Sir Vince said this could happen by cancelling Article 50 - which he noted would be "resented by lots of people" - or via a second referendum.

The Prime Minister's warning comes as Downing Street said it was "extremely concerned" about a reported backbench plot to change Commons rules allowing backbench motions to take precedence over Government business if Mrs May's deal falls.

May postponed a vote on the deal in mid-December when a resounding defeat was clear.

Theresa May told lawmakers they should not let down Brexit-backers.

Mrs May has warned of a "catastrophic" breach of trust if Brexit is thwarted.

If a confidence vote failed, he'd be under pressure to back a second Brexit referendum, risking a backlash from the many Labour supporters who voted to leave the EU.

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She continued: "When you turned out to vote in the referendum, you did so because you wanted your voice to be heard".

In the event her exit deal is voted down, some Brexiters have argued for the United Kingdom to leave without a deal, but other MPs also object to the no deal Brexit - calling for either Article 50 to be extended or revoked, or a second referendum to allow the general public to decide the next move.

'Some of you put your trust in the political process for the first time in decades.

London mayor Sadiq Khan suggested May should step down and call a general election if she loses next week's vote. We can not - and must not - let you down.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe warned on Thursday that the world did not want to see a disorderly Brexit and that he fully supported May's withdrawal deal.

Some commentators suggested the looming Article 50 deadline for the UK's exit from the European Union on 29 March would force MPs into accepting the deal, being faced with a no deal as the only alternative.

Theresa May faces huge opposition to her Brexit bill, from both sides of the House of Commons.

After stepping down, he said he did not "believe" in the Prime Minister's strategy and warned the United Kingdom was "giving away too much and too easily" to the European Union in the negotiations.

"I think it's now looking much less likely that parliament would allow a no-deal outcome anyway", said Mr Hunt.

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