Theresa May has issued a last-ditch plea to MPs, warning that a failure to vote through her deal when it comes before the Commons this week would mean “we will not leave the EU for many months, if ever”.
In an article for the Sunday Telegraph, she said a third rejection of her blueprint would mean would leave the UK in a “Hotel California Brexit” where “you can check out, but you can never leave”.
The Government will ask for a long Brexit extension from the EU if MPs refuse a third time to back the Brexit deal Mrs May struck with the bloc.
It would likely mean the UK participating in the EU Parliament elections – an outcome she branded a “collective political failure”.
“The idea of the British people going to the polls to elect MEPs three years after voting to leave the EU hardly bears thinking about,” she said.
“There could be no more potent symbol of Parliament’s collective political failure.”
She added: “If Parliament can find a way to back the Brexit deal before European Council, the UK will leave the EU this spring, without having to take part in the European elections, and we can get on with building our future relationship with the EU.
“If it cannot, we will not leave the EU for many months, if ever.”