Chris Grayling has warned the Commons that far-right demonstrations seen across Europe could occur on the streets of the UK if MPs do not follow through with the 2016 referendum result. The Transport Secretary’s comments come as cabinet colleague Jeremy Hunt warned no Brexit is becoming more and more likely while billionaire Leave donors admitted they had “given up” on ever seeing the UK quit the European Union. Mr Grayling was speaking as Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement hangs by a thread ahead of its Commons judgement in just three days.
The Epsom and Ewell MP urged Commons members to “think long and hard” about whether they will back the vote after latest figures suggested the Prime Minister is set for the biggest defeat in Parliament a government has ever seen.
BBC research shows Theresa May is staring at a humiliating loss on Tuesday by a colossal 228 vote margin, far more than the narrow defeat which the government had been hoping for in a best case scenario.
Mr Grayling told the Daily Mail that cancelling Brexit would: “Open the door to extremist populist political forces in this country of the kind we see in other countries in Europe.
“If MPs who represent seats that voted 70 percent to leave say ‘sorry guys, we’re still going to have freedom of movement’, they will turn against the political mainstream.”
“This is too important for political game-playing and I urge Conservative MPs who back Brexit and others to back the deal.
The Transport Secretary told MPs he fears “ignoring the will of the people at our peril.”
He added: “We risk a break with the British tradition of moderate, mainstream politics that goes back to the Restoration in 1660.
“MPs need to remember that Britain, its people and its traditions are the mother of Parliaments.
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