John Major calls for Article 50 to be revoked over Brexit chaos

‘We need more time’: John Major calls for Article 50 to be revoked and Brexit to be delayed as Remainers seize on the chaos to step up their campaign for another referendum

  • Ex PM John Major said the clock must be stopped on talks for a deal to be done  
  • Remainers at People’s Vote campaign stepped up their campaign to stop Brexit 
  • SNP said Labour must table no confidence vote in PM by end of day or they will 
  • As her critics circle, PM is on EU wide tour to desperately try to salvage her deal 

John Major today called for Britain to revoke Article 50 and delay Brexit – saying ministers desperately need ‘more time’ for talks.

The ex PM said the Government must stop the clock so they can secure a deal which gets the backing of warring MPs and protects jobs.

Sir John, a leading Remainer, said it is time for British politicians to turn to ‘reality and not fiction’.

He added: ‘Whether you are a remainer or a leaver no-one can welcome chaos. We now need to revoke Article 50 with immediate effect…we need time.’

His intervention comes as Theresa May is on a frantic Europe-wide tour of EU leaders as she frantically tries to squeeze last minute concessions out of them over Brexit.

She was left humiliated yesterday when she delayed the crunch Commons vote on her deal, admitting that she would have faced certain defeat.  

But as she embarks on a frantic round of diplomacy abroad, Remainers are seizing on the Brexit chaos to push their campaign for a second referendum.

And she faces a fresh blow today as the SNP said they will table a motion of no confidence in her if Labour fails to do so by the end of the day.

John Major (pictured today in Dublin) today called for Britain to revoke Article 50 and delay Brexit – saying ministers desperately need ‘more time’ for talks

The People’s Vote Campaign brought anti-Brexit MPs from across all political parties at a hastily-arranged press conference in Westminster today to demand another vote (pictured, left to right, Vince Cable, Caroline Lucas, Ian Blackford, Margaret Beckett, Liz Saville-Roberts, Anna Soubry)


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The People’s Vote Campaign brought anti-Brexit MPs from across all political parties at a hastily-arranged press conference in Westminster today to demand another vote.

They unveiled a new three-pronged attack to try to force through a second referendum – urging the UK and EU to start preparing for the ballot and calling for Jeremy Corbyn to table a vote of no confidence in Mrs May’s government.

Juncker delivers hammer blow to May’s hopes of saving her Brexit deal 

EU commission president Jean-Claude Juncker warned ‘there is no room for renegotiation’

Jean-Claude Juncker delivered a hammer blow to Theresa May’s hopes of saving her Brexit deal today as she embarked on a frantic tour of Europe.

The Prime Minister has met Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte for breakfast in the Hague, and is holding crucial talks with Angela Merkel in Berlin as she begs for concessions that could win over furious MPs.

She is also due to head for Brussels for discussions with Donald Tusk and Mr Juncker as they desperately try to find a way through the mounting crisis.

But senior Tories fear she will get ‘jack sh**’ out of the whirlwind tour, after the EU dismissed the idea of unpicking the legal text of the package or the controversial Irish border backstop.

And in a speech to MEPs today EU commission president Mr Juncker warned ‘there is no room for renegotiation, but further clarifications are possible’.  

 

Appearing at the press conference in Westminster this morning, Labour MP Margaret Beckett suggested Britain should stop Brexit.

She said: ‘We are in historic times and the responsibility on all of us to act in the national interest weighs heavily.

‘Yesterday, as the Prime Minister cancelled her own vote on the deal to leave the European Union.

‘With yet more uncertainty, there was one moment of clarity – the ruling from the European Court of Justice that the United Kingdom can still decide unilaterally to revoke Article  50 and stay in the EU on the same terms we now enjoy.’

She called for ministers in the UK and EU to make preparations for another referendum.

And she demanded that her leader acts, saying: ‘To Jeremy – we are asking that in the days ahead you think very hard about adding your signature to those of other leaders, to table a motion of no confidence.’ 

SNP leader Ian Blackford said Labour has until the end of the day to table the motion or he will.

He said: ‘If Jeremy can’t put himself in that position then we as leaders of other opposition parties must rise to that challenge.’

He added: ‘We are calling on  European leaders to extend Article 50.’ 

Tory MP Anna Soubry branded the Brexit  chaos an ‘unholy mess’ and repeated her demand for another referendum.

And she took aim at Mr Corbyn, who has resisted growing demands from  his own Ms to throw his support fully behind another referendum.

She said: ‘The biggest obstacle to a People’s Vote at the moment is Jeremy Corbyn.’ 

Their intervention comes as Mrs May frantically tries to save her Brexit deal by going on a whirlwind tour of Europe to desperately try to save her deal.

But she suffered a hammer blow to her hopes of salvaging her deal as he warned ‘there is no room for renegotiation, but further clarifications are possible’. 

Mrs May has met Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte for breakfast in the Hague, and is holding crucial talks with Angela Merkel in Berlin as she begs for concessions that could win over furious MPs.

Labour MP Margaret Beckett (pictured, centre, at the People’s Vote press conference in Westminster today) demanded her leader Jeremy Corbyn take action and table a vote of no confidence in Theresa May

SNP MP and the party’s Westminster leader Ian Blackford (pictured at today’s People’s Vote event’ said Labour have until the end of the day to table the no confidence vote or they will

She is also due to head for Brussels for discussions with Donald Tusk and Mr Juncker as they desperately try to find a way through the mounting crisis.

But senior Tories fear she will get ‘jack sh**’ out of the tour, after the EU dismissed the idea of unpicking the legal text of the package or the controversial Irish border backstop.   

Mrs May has left the country at a time when the threats to her position are at the highest level yet – with more Conservative MPs sending no-confidence letters, and Remainers plotting to force a second referendum. 

Former minister Steve Baker urged his colleagues this morning to recognise that they face the ‘certainty of failure’ under Mrs May, urging them: ‘You must be brave.’

He added: ‘I really think it is her duty now to go.’ 

The number of MPs who confirmed to have written letters of no confidence has now risen to 28, after Crispin Blunt added himself to the list.   

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