Britain appears set for a full-blown constitutional crisis, with a cross-party group of senior lawmakers conspiring to sideline embattled Prime Minister Theresa May by seizing control of Brexit negotiations.
They want to reduce the power of the government to control legislative business in parliament, boosting the chances of lawmakers being able to table a series of motions to stop Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal, or even offering legislation for a second referendum on British membership in the EU that could lead to the country not leaving at all.
Ahead of Tuesday's crucial vote in the House of Commons on her highly contentious Brexit Withdrawal Agreement, the result of two years of ill-tempered haggling with Brussels, May warned that if her draft deal with the EU is voted down, the most likely outcome would be Britain remaining an EU member.
Speaking to factory workers in Wales on Monday, May said if she loses the vote, "it is now my judgment that the more likely outcome is a paralysis in parliament that risks there being no Brexit." She added, "There are some in Westminster who would wish to delay or even stop Brexit and who will use every device available to them to do so."
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