A leading advocate for Brexit within the British government has lashed out at moves by MPs to rewrite the parliamentary rule book in an attempt to "hijack" Britain's withdrawal from the EU.
International Trade Secretary Liam Fox angrily accused backbenchers of trying to "steal" Brexit from the British people who voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum.
At least two cross-party groups of MPs are planning to table amendments to enable backbenchers to take control of the business of the House to delay or frustrate Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plans.
Fox has warned that the political consequences if parliament goes back on the referendum result would be "astronomical".
"You've got a Leave population and a Remain parliament," he told the BBC.
"Parliament has not got the right to hijack the Brexit process because parliament said to the people of this country, 'We make a contract with you, you will make the decision and we will honour it'.
"What we are now getting is some of those who always absolutely opposed the result of the referendum trying to hijack Brexit and in fact steal the result from the people."
May will hold a conference call with ministers on Sunday to discuss Brexit, a government source says.
It comes before May returns to parliament on Monday to make a statement on how she will proceed with Brexit after her deal was defeated by MPs last week.
Meanwhile, opposition Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer has given an interview saying the only two options left for May are forging a closer economic relationship with the EU or having a second referendum.
Australian Associated Press