As MPs return to the Commons this week for more crunch votes on leaving the EU, the Commons boss hit out at wrecking amendments which try and delay our exit or rule out us leaving with anything us all.
She said today that forcing Parliament's hand would be an "act of constitutional self harm" that could have a huge impact on Britain's future.
Writing in the Sunday Times, she added: "Taking No Deal off the table has been used as a thinly veiled attempt to stop Brexit… the best and most responsible way to avoid it is by voting for a deal."
And the news comes after analysis for the Sun on Sunday revealed how more than 100 MPs set to block the plans have repeatedly voted to stop us from leaving or to remain tied to Brussels.
Nearly 90 per cent of MPs who have signed Ms Cooper’s amendment voted for at least three out of four previous Brexit-blocking moves.
David Lidington said today that although he believes that leaving with nothing would threaten jobs and our economy, the amendments to Brexit don't stop it from happening.
"These amendments simply defer the decision," he argued in The Observer. "The only way to stop No Deal is for a majority for another solution to emerge.
"From my conversations with our EU partners it is clear they will not agree to delay Brexit without a plan for how we are going to approve a deal."
Matt Hancock today echoed his words, saying that "delaying Brexit won’t help solve these problems" and would just kick the can further down the road.
The news came as:
- MPs geared up for another Commons clash on Tuesday as Theresa May inches closer to getting her deal passed
- But officials warned that the PM could impose a state of emergency and martial law if we left without a Brexit deal
- Philip May was said to have urged the PM to try to unite her party rather than reach out to Labour for a deal
- MPs face extra long days and even cancelling their next holiday break to get Brexit done on time
Theresa May is set to refuse her Tories and ministers to vote for the plans, led by a series of rebels including Labour's Yvette Cooper.
But other ministers have refused to rule out resigning if they aren't allowed to block it.
Today Tobias Ellwood broke ranks to say the Government should officially take No Deal off the table as it would make Britain poorer, weaker and smaller to the world.
He wrote in the same newspaper it was "simply wrong" for Mrs May to spend any more money on preparing to leave with nothing.
Remainers Amber Rudd and Philip Hammond have both dodged questions on whether they would resign over No Deal.
Brexit chaos: What do MPs want to do?
ON Tuesday, the Commons will debate Theresa May's Plan B for Brexit – which is identical to her Plan A.
Although the debate will be on a so-called "neutral motion", stating only that the Commons has considered her statement, MPs will have the power to table amendments dictating what should happen next.
Speaker John Bercow – known for his pro-EU sympathies – will choose which ones MPs can vote on.
COOPER – NINE-MONTH DELAY
Yvette Cooper is tabling a bill to stop Britain leaving the EU without a deal on March 29.
She proposes that if there isn't a deal by February 26, MPs could delay Article 50 for nine months – giving ministers until the end of the 2019 to secure a withdrawal agreement.
The bill is a standalone law, but an amendment to the PM's statement would see it catapulted to the top of the Commons agenda.
Jeremy Corbyn is likely to support the move, which would give it a good chance of passing.
GRIEVE – WRECKING BREXIT
Dominic Grieve has proposed an amendment which would effectively transfer power from the Government to the Commons.
Under the terms of his proposal, MPs would get the power to decide which bills are debated in Parliament, a privilege usually held by ministers.
The amendment would tear up centuries of precedent by limiting the Government's ability to govern and so is unlikely to succeed.
MURRISON – PM'S LIFELINE
Tory Brexiteer Andrew Murrison has an amendment which could help the PM make her case in Brussels.
It takes the form of a demand for a time limit on the hated "Irish backstop" plan, to stop Britain being trapped in the EU customs union permanently.
If Conservative backbenchers support it, Mrs May could then use that as proof that all she needs to get the deal through Parliament is a tweak to the backstop – putting the ball in Brussels' court.
CORBYN – MORE FUDGE
Last night Jeremy Corbyn and his frontbench allies tabled an amendment laying out Labour's policy.
The non-binding motion would see Britain seek to reopen the withdrawal agreement – something the EU insists is impossible.
It also suggests that the Government should allow MPs to vote on whether or not to back a second referendum.
BENN – NONSTOP VOTES
Senior backbencher Hilary Benn wants ministers to stage a series of "indicative votes" on what to do next.
That would allow MPs to have their say on their preferred outcome – from No Deal to a second referendum.
CREASY – CITIZENS' ASSEMBLY
An amendment from Labour Remainer Stella Creasy is a bid to secure a "citizen's assembly" on Brexit.
It would force the Government to delay Article 50, then convene an assembly of 250 representative voters to discuss the way forward.
REEVES – STOP THE CLOCK
Labour's Rachel Reeves has drawn up an amendment which would simply delay Brexit if Britain is heading towards a No Deal.
It's a simplified version of the bill tabled by Yvette Cooper.
SPELMAN/DROMEY – NO DEAL? NO WAY
Tory ex-minister Caroline Spelman and Labour's Jack Dromey want the Government to rule out No Deal.
Their amendment would state that the Commons "rejects the United Kingdom leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement and a framework for the future relationship".
LIB DEMS – CANCEL BREXIT
Vince Cable and his Lib Dem allies have put down a motion to force a second referendum on Brexit.
The amendment says the Government should "prepare for a People’s Vote in which the public will have the option to remain in the European Union".
Today Ms Cooper, the ringleader of one of the popular changes to push Brexit day back by up to nine months, said her attempt was not about trying to stop it.
She told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "It's not about blocking Brexit, it's about being responsible and making sure we can get a good deal."
But she admitted that she wanted Britain to be tied to the EU for years to come – urging the PM to back a customs union with the bloc too.
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