Theresa May has been accused of making a “dog’s dinner” of Brexit by second referendum campaigners and their pooches.
The prime minister was hounded by pup-owners who gathered in Westminster to condemn the “diabolical” situation just 19 days from Brexit.
She will put her EU divorce deal back to parliament for a second time on Tuesday, after Tory Brexiteers torpedoed it in January in the biggest ever defeat on a vote in the House of Commons.
Ahead of the new vote, a “Wooferendum” campaign was launched on parliament’s doorstep to urge her to give the public the final say on the terms of Brexit.
“Today we’re trying to organise the biggest dog’s dinner ever – I think we’ve failed because that’s happening over there in parliament,” organiser Daniel Elkan told Sky News.
“We want to send a message that what’s happening in this country is just diabolical, it’s a disaster.
“We need more people to be able to speak out, and if takes dogs to do that, that’s what we need to do.”
He added: “Theresa May is definitely in the dog house but we could open the kennel door if she would allow a People’s Vote.”
Liberal Democrat MP Jo Swinson admitted she was a “cat person”, but attended the march because “I think we need to put all of our differences aside” to block Brexit.
Responding to Labour’s shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, who said a three-month delay to Brexit was “doable”, she said “of course” it would have to be.
“But we need to have a delay for a purpose and I think that purpose needs to be to have a PV, to put this to the public,” she told Sky News.
Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier told Sophy Ridge on Sunday has called on MPs to back Mrs May’s deal so Britain leaves the EU with an agreement on 29 March.
He cautioned defeat was “not inevitable”.
But Mr Hancock added if the deal was rejected again: “Nobody knows what would happen in everything that followed – there would be total uncertainty.”
The prime minister warned MPs on Friday that Brexit may not happen at all if they reject her deal.
She used a speech in Leave-voting Grimsby at the end of the week to urge parliament to back her on Brexit and “get it done”.
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