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May warned of ouster if UK forced to fight Euro polls

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British is being warned by her rebel Cabinet that they will move to oust her within weeks if the UK is forced to participate in the European elections next month and extend its (EU) membership beyond June.

The from the ruling were believed to have become increasingly angry at the prospect of voters being asked to go to the polls to elect Members of (MEP) three years after the referendum, reported on Sunday.

The warnings came as the made a last desperate appeal on Saturday night to to back a deal, saying there was an increasing danger would "slip though our fingers".

"Because Parliament has made clear it will stop the UK leaving without a deal, we now have a stark choice: leave the with a deal or do not leave at all.

"The longer this takes, the greater the risk of the UK never leaving at all. It would mean letting the that the British people voted for slip through our fingers. I will not stand for that. It is essential we deliver what people voted for, and to do that we need to get a deal over the line," she said.

Following her appeal, said on Saturday night that if May failed to deliver Brexit and all she could do was secure a long extension at an EU summit on April 10, she would face an overwhelming pressure to step down.

"At the moment there is focus on delivering Brexit, but if a long delay becomes a reality I believe the noises off about removing the will become a cacophony," he said.

Nigel Adams, a former Minister who quit last week over May's decision to hold talks on Brexit with opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said: "Over 170 Conservative MPs including cabinet ministers signed a letter to the Prime Minister last week urging her to ensure the UK does not take part in the European elections. Doing so will not end well."

On Saturday night, Downing Street said discussions with to find a Brexit compromise that could pass through Parliament before the April 10 EU summit were "ongoing" at a technical level, but declined to be drawn on whether there were any plans to hold votes on Monday or Tuesday, before May heads to

The UK is due to leave the EU on April 12 and, as yet, no withdrawal deal has been approved by the

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First Published: Sun, April 07 2019. 12:44 IST
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