UPDATED 7:03 AM PT — Monday, January 14, 2018
U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May said the country may never leave the European Union as she drums up support for her Brexit deal.
According to reports, May will use a speech Monday to warn parliament that the U.K. is more likely to never have a Brexit than a no-deal Brexit.
In a last-ditch effort, she will warn lawmakers there will be “catastrophic harm” to trust in democracy if the results of the Brexit referendum are not honored.
In the meantime, the country’s trade minister — Liam Fox — said a hard Brexit without a deal would be survivable, but problematic.
“I hope that we will be able to get agreement on a way of leaving the European Union that causes the least friction, in terms of our economy,” stated Fox. “No deal is certainly survivable, but it would be problematic for our economy, so much better to carry out the will of the British people, but in the way that causes the least potential damage to our economy.”
Experts say despite May’s push, the chances her deal will receive enough support to survive are slim. If the deal fails, she also faces being forced out as prime minister.