The prime minister has been warned “tinkering” with her Brexit deal “won’t cut it” as she was advised to delay a looming vote on her agreement.
Meanwhile Theresa May has been warned by Cabinet ministers she will have to quit if her Brexit deal is defeated in the Commons next week and she fails to secure better terms from the EU, the Telegraph can disclose.
Theresa May is facing the prospect of a heavy defeat when the House of Commons votes on her deal next Tuesday.With many MPs opposed to the so-called backstop arrangement included in the agreement struck with Brussels, it is estimated the prime minister could be at least 90 votes short of winning parliament’s approval.
Ministers believe that there is “zero” chance of her deal, which has been publicly criticised by more than 100 Tory MPs, passing in a crunch Commons vote on Tuesday. One Cabinet minister told the Telegraph “she [Mrs May] will fall” if she is defeated and then fails to go back to Brussels to fundamentally renegotiate the EU withdrawal agreement.
Jeremy Corbyn has reached out to the DUP and said that Labour is “ready to step in and negotiate seriously” to find an alternative Brexit deal with the EU.
In an exclusive interview with Sky News, the Labour Party leader said the DUP “dislike the backstop for very good and sensible reasons” and that “absolutely” Labour’s version of Brexit can work for the Northern Ireland party and the people of the province. He also said he wanted to find a “serious alternative” to the deal proposed by Prime Minister Theresa May.