Minister: U.K. Faces ‘Political Tsunami’ If Brexit Halted

LONDON (AP) -
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International Trade Secretary Liam Fox. (Reuters/Pierre Albouy/File)

Britain’s trade minister said that the country will face a “political tsunami” if the government does not deliver on voters’ decision to leave the European Union.

International Trade Secretary Liam Fox wrote in the Sunday Telegraph that “failure to deliver Brexit would produce a yawning gap between Parliament and the people, a schism in our political system with unknowable consequences.”

The Brexit process has been deadlocked since Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU divorce deal was rejected by Parliament last week. Some lawmakers are pushing for the U.K. to delay its departure, scheduled for March 29, until politicians can agree on a way forward.

May is due to report to Parliament Monday on how she plans to alter the rejected deal. There are few signs she plans to make radical changes.

Meanwhile, the main opposition Labour Party said on Sunday that Britain’s only options are a second Brexit referendum or forging a close economic relationship with the European Union.

Labour’s Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, told the BBC that he was open to extending Article 50 if that meant Britain avoided leaving the EU without a deal.