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Britain's May risks "total collapse" of the government of Brexit impasse: Sunday Times



LONDON (Reuters) – UK Prime Minister Theresa May risks government's "total collapse" if she fails to get her fierce Brexit agreement through parliament, said Sunday Times newspaper, facing growing speculation that she could call an early choice .

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May is seen in a car outside Parliament's House as she faces a vote on alternative Brexit opportunities in London, UK, March 27, 2019. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez / File Photo

Underscoring the tough elections in May to break the Brexit deathplace, the newspaper said at least six pro-European Union high-ranking ministers will resign if she chooses a potentially detrimental departure from the EU.

But at the same time, rival ministers supporting Brexit threaten to quit if May decides to stay close to the EU with a customs union or if she sought a long delay for Brexit, the Sunday Times said.

May's Brexit strategy is in tatters after the termination agreement, which she launched with other EU leaders, was rejected for the third time by the House of Commons on Friday, the day Britain was leaving the block.

Almost three years after the British voted 52-48 percent to end the country's EU membership after 46 years, what Brexit will look like or whether it will even happen, is still in the air.

Perhaps less than two weeks now have to convince the 27 other EU countries that she can break the dead end. Otherwise she will have to ask the block for a long extension or take the UK out of the EU on April 12 without doing anything to alleviate the economic shock.

May have said she will go down if her Brexit agreement goes through parliament and gives her critics the chance for another prime minister to lead the next round of negotiations with Brussels on Britain's future ties to the block.

But the last goose offer failed to break blind, leading to talking about a choice.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper said that maize counselors were divided on whether to call an early election if she could not win support for her Brexit agreement from Parliament this week.

The newspaper said that a possible "run-off" vote could take place on Tuesday in parliament between maize agreement and which alternative appears to be the most popular from voting by legislators on Monday.

This meant that an election could be called as early as Wednesday, the newspaper said without quoting sources.

An early election would need support from two-thirds of parliamentarians, and the observer's newspaper said conservative lawmakers were reluctant to let May lead them to another election after she lost their majority in 2017.

Sunday The Telegraph said senior Conservative members did not want May to lead them to a snapshot, fearing that the party would be "wiped out" in the polls if she were facing parliament over Brexit in the coming months.

An opinion poll in Mail on Sunday gave the opposition party a five-point lead over the conservatives. It led to three points if the voters were offered the chance to vote for a new group of independent legislators who have not yet set up an official party.

One of the most popular alternatives among lawmakers, including Workers, is that Britain remains in a customs union with the EU, an opportunity also favored by many business leaders.

Brexit supporters say a customs union would deny Britain the opportunity to beat trade relations around the world.

Earlier on Saturday, a legislator said that conservative MEPs had written for May that she would lead Britain out of the EU in the coming months, even if it means a potentially harmful, non-business Brexit.

Sun newspaper said the letter was signed by 170 of the 314 parliamentary conservative legislators, including 10 Cabinet Ministers.

Reporting by William Schomberg and David Milliken; Editing Daniel Wallis

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