3 UK Cabinet Ministers to Break With PM02/23 10:12
LONDON (AP) -- Three senior British Cabinet ministers suggested Saturday
they may break with Prime Minister Theresa May and back amendments to delay
Brexit unless a deal is agreed to in the next week.
Their comments represent a serious Cabinet split ahead of a key week in
Parliament and are seen as a warning to the hardline Brexit faction in the
The ministers wrote in a Daily Mail article published Saturday that
Parliament will move to stop a "disastrous" no-deal Brexit unless there is a
breakthrough very soon. They warn Brexit backers the project will be delayed
unless a deal is worked out.
The three --- Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd, Business Secretary
Greg Clark and Justice Secretary David Gauke --- say they want a deal to be
reached in the coming days but are worried about opposition from other
"Too many of our parliamentary colleagues appear complacent about the
consequences of leaving the EU without a deal," the trio said.
"Our economy will be damaged severely both in the short and long term. Costs
will increase, businesses that rely on just-in-time supply chains will be
severely disrupted, and investment will be discouraged."
May has been steadfast in saying Britain will leave the EU on March 29. The
three ministers say it would be preferable to seek an extension of the
withdrawal process rather than to leave without a deal.
The group says trade with the EU will be hurt and that Britain's trade with
vital Asian partners will be damaged as well, as will national security because
of a breach in data-sharing with European partners.
Business leaders have warned about the perils of a no-deal departure and the
Cabinet ministers echo that now familiar theme.
Parliament will consider various Brexit options this week as May continues
to seek concessions from her EU counterparts. There have been no visible signs
of progress in recent weeks.