Theresa May: rejecting Brexit deal would be 'unforgivable breach of trust'

Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt says “legally binding assurances” are needed from the EU to win the vote over the Brexit deal More

In the first, MPs backed an amendment aimed at making it more hard to leave the European Union without a deal.

"And Brexit paralysis ultimately could lead to no Brexit", he told the BBC.

"I'm in a leave constituency, but I would do what's right". We have been shown, in the starkest terms yet, that there are plenty of people who want to thwart Brexit.

'I think that is something that we would regret for many, many generations'.

He said if it is defeated, Britain should continue to press the European Union for a deal that "respects the referendum but if Brussels' "intransigence" persists "we must be willing to leave the European Union at the end of March on World Trade Organisation terms". We have seen from this week that Parliament has the ability to assert itself and to shape outcomes. And its emergence should unite those of us who voted Leave in our determination to get Brexit over the line.

The London MP added: "There is no Brexit deal that fulfils all the promises made in the last referendum or one as good as the deal we've already got inside the EU".

Earlier on Friday UK foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said Brexit might not happen at all if May's deal was defeated. "Instead of embarking on another fruitless effort of renegotiation, it is time to hand this crucial decision back to the people".

In the event her deal is rejected, some Brexiters have argued for the United Kingdom to leave without a deal.

Lawmakers are set to vote on May's Brexit deal on Tuesday, after she shelved plans for a vote in December when it became clear that not enough lawmakers from her own party or others would back the deal she agreed with Brussels.

The Prime Minister said failing to deliver what the public voted for in the referendum would be "unforgivable" and undermine democracy.

The Secretary of State said it was "right" for the Government to make preparations for a no-deal Brexit, comparing it to wearing a seatbelt when driving a fast vehicle. But many also dislike May's agreement, which has displeased both sides of Britain's Brexit divide.