Theresa May to deliver key Brexit speech at Stoke-on-Trent factory

Prime Minister Theresa May

Prime Minister Theresa May

The Prime Minister will visit the city ahead of Tuesday’s crucial vote in the House of Commons

|AIWA! NO!|Theresa May will deliver a speech to Stoke-on-trent factory workers – in a last ditch effort to rally support behind her Brexit deal.

The Prime Minister will visit the ‘Brexit capital of Britain’ on Monday, ahead of Tuesday’s crucial Commons vote on her withdrawal agreement.

People in Stoke-on-Trent voted around 70-30 in favour of leaving the EU in the 2016 referendum, one of the highest Leave votes in the country.

In her speech, at an unnamed Stoke-on-Trent factory, Mrs May will warn that if MPs vote against her deal, Brexit may not happen at all. This follows last week’s votes in the Commons, which will make it harder for the government to implement a ‘no deal’ Brexit.

Mrs May will say: “As we have seen over the last few weeks, 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.

The EU referendum: How you voted
The EU referendum: How you voted

“I ask MPs to consider the consequences of their actions on the faith of the British people in our democracy.

“Imagine if an anti-devolution House of Commons had said to the people of Scotland or Wales that despite voting in favour of a devolved legislature, Parliament knew better and would over-rule them. Or else force them to vote again.

“What if we found ourselves in a situation where Parliament tried to take the UK out of the EU in opposition to a remain vote?

“People’s faith in the democratic process and their politicians would suffer catastrophic harm. We all have a duty to implement the result of the referendum.”

Mrs May has been attempting to win over Labour MPs in Leave-voting areas – such as Stoke-on-Trent’s Gareth Snell and Ruth Smeeth – in order to boost her chances of winning Tuesday’s crunch vote.

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