Brexit in peril if PM May's deal is rejected: foreign minister Hunt

Brexit Talks 'Deadlocked' Despite Appeal to EU for Last-Minute Concession

Finally, it would put assurances from European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council president Donald Tusk over the temporary nature of the backstop "onto a legally binding footing", Lidington said.

She has also been trying to win over Labour MPs from leave-voting constituencies with a 1.6 billion pounds ($2.1bn) fund and promises of more workers' rights.

At the weekend, May tried to persuade her rebellious lawmakers to back her deal when it returns to the Commons on Tuesday evening, entertaining them at her grand country house retreat of Chequers, but there were no signs that she has won them round.

May has pledged that if lawmakers reject the new version of the deal on Tuesday, the parliament would then decide whether London should withdraw without any agreement at all.

If MPs vote for an extension of Article 50, the part of the Treaty on European Union that allows member states to withdraw from the bloc, it is unclear whether this will be a long or a short one.

The prime minister's office said a trip was not confirmed, though Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney said May planned to go to Strasbourg later Monday "to try to finalize an agreement, if that's possible".

"We are in very perilous waters, and people who want to make sure that we really do deliver this result need to remember that if it fails. they are going to say: "There was a party that promised to deliver Brexit, we put them into No 10 and they failed", and the consequences for us as a party, would be devastating", he said.

"It would be very hard for the prime minister to stay in office for very much longer", Morgan told the BBC.

"This is now necessary because of the position we find ourselves in", Starmer said.

Talks with European Union leaders are ongoing.

The EU is preparing for a delay to Brexit of at least a year, senior officials and diplomats have said. "Benjamin Franklin said of the US Constitution, "I vote for this with all its faults" and I think that's the approach that we need to take on Tuesday, " Hancock told Sky News.

Critics of this plan, however, point out that it would still require an European Union deal of some sort.

May offered lawmakers the vote on Tuesday on what she had hoped would be a revised deal. This is what Brexit hardliners are hoping for - that they will get another chance to force May to take the United Kingdom out of the bloc with no deal.

The government has previously tried to use the risk of Brexit being reversed as a way to convince eurosceptics to back May's deal despite their deep reservations about it.

The third, another referendum on Brexit, has lost momentum in recent weeks, but that campaign could be reenergized if Brexit is postponed this week - not least because the minister in charge of Brexit has held talks with lawmakers in favor of a second referendum in the past few days.

If May's deal is voted down this week, Parliament will then get a vote on whether to delay Brexit to avoid a chaotic no-deal exit. She has already survived votes of no confidence by her own party and Parliament as a whole.

For all of the prime minister's weaknesses as a politician - her repetition of talking points has earned her the nickname "the Maybot" - she has proved remarkably durable.

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