MPs will finally hold their vote on the Brexit deal next Tuesday, January 15, sources say.
Government sources told the Mirror it is the most likely date for the Commons showdown.
It will be the most significant Parliamentary vote in decades and both Tory and Labour sources are warning Theresa May’s government could lose.
If so, that could prompt a no confidence vote in the government and a national crisis.
Yet the Prime Minister has also refused to rule out bringing her deal back to MPs “again and again” for multiple votes until it passes.
If no deal is agreed by March 29, and nothing else happens, the UK will leave the EU without an agreement automatically.
It comes as:
- 209 MPs from across the Commons demanded a “mechanism” to prevent No Deal Brexit and will meet the Prime Minister tomorrow
- Other MPs warned they could ‘shut down’ the government with amendments to the Finance Bill that stop ministers preparing for no deal
- Lorries gathered at Kent’s disused Manston Airport in a ‘farcical’ test of road capacity if it has to be used as a lorry park
- Jeremy Corbyn faced fresh pressure from left-wingers to back a second EU referendum as they set up a new ‘policy commission’
Remainer MPs said a Norway-style Brexit would offer Theresa May the “last chance” to find a deal that can get through the Commons
Former Tory chairman Lord Patten backed a second referendum in a blast at Conservative ‘nationalists’
Reports suggest the PM will hold a meeting today to consider scrapping MPs’ February holiday to pass Brexit laws on time
Boris Johnson claimed No Deal Brexit is what the UK voted for – despite saying himself in 2016 that Britain would enjoy free trade and single market access
- Labour’s Barry Gardiner hinted his party could offer a public referendum on its own version of Brexit – after renegotiating with the EU
The vote, already expected to be next week, had to be delayed by more than a month after more than 100 Tories indicated they would vote against the Brexit deal.
Mrs May went back to the EU to try and get new concessions on a ‘backstop’ clause, which could trap the UK in EU customs rules indefinitely after 2020.
But EU chiefs said the deal would not be renegotiated and Tories and the DUP who oppose the deal have warned they are not changing their minds.
Asked if the government was set to lose, Brexit minister Kwasi Kwarteng said today: “A week is a very long time in politics… we don’t know what the numbers are.
“The plan is to win the vote on Tuesday, or whenever it comes.”