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PM faces calls for government of national unity to end deadlock

by Mark Fitt Political Journalist
30th Mar 19 1:21 pm

A former conservative cabinet minister has warned that Britain may need a government of national unity, if the prime minister can’t deliver on Brexit.

Theresa May’s vote was once again rejected on Friday and Nicky Morgan said, the only way to possibly break the deadlock is to have a cross-party coalition.

MPs voted 286 in favour and 344 against over May’s Brexit deal on Friday afternoon, although May is determined to bring her deal back for a fourth time.

The Commons will hold a second round of indicative votes on Monday over alternatives to May’s plan, however time is rapidly running out in Westminster to resolve this Brexit crisis.

Morgan told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme, “If the government refused and Theresa May felt she could not implement what Parliament had identified as a way of leaving the EU, then I think we would have to think very hard about whether a cross-party coalition, group of people, whatever, could do that in order to make sure that the UK does leave the EU in an orderly fashion.”

Morgan added, “It may well be that if you end up with a cross-party approach to finding a majority in the House of Commons it might be that you need a cross-party approach to implementing it.

“There have been periods in our history when we have had national unity governments or a coalition for a very specific issue.”

Labour deputy leader, Tom Watson also suggested the time has now come for a national unity government.

Watson said in an interview with Prospect magazine, “I prefer Labour governments and I hope we never get to a point where our economy or security is so in peril that we get a government of national unity.”

Adding, “If needs must, we have to then do what’s right.”

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