Brexit: Theresa May in last-ditch appeal to Brussels to avoid defeat

Britain's Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd arrives in Downing Street in central London

Britain's Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd arrives in Downing Street in central London

Pro-Brexit lawmakers say the deal keeps Britain bound too closely to the European Union, while pro-EU politicians say it erects barriers between the United Kingdom and its biggest trading partner and leaves many details of the future relationship undecided.

Speaking to the Mail on Sunday, the PM said a rejection of her proposals would mean "grave uncertainty" for the UK.

But while Mrs May has warned of uncertain times should she lose the vote on Tuesday, MPs have said a similar fate awaits if the deal is passed in the House of Commons.

"Threatening Ireland in this way is as morally reprehensible as it is futile".

Ireland's deputy prime minister Simon Coveney added that Ms Patel's comments were "ridiculous" and some others branded it as insensitive given Ireland's history involving the Great Famine between 1845 and 1849.

However, members of parliament, including from May's own Conservative Party, look set to reject her deal, which envisages continued close ties with the European Union, in a move that would pitch the world's fifth-largest economy into even deeper uncertainty.

She has claimed there are no alternatives except a "no-deal" exit or no Brexit at all. "Let's take back control of borders, laws & money".

Most Opposition party MPs and many of her own MPs remain opposed to it with the central sticking point revolving around the so-called "backstop" involving open border arrangements between United Kingdom territory Northern Ireland and EU-member Ireland.

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Last week May lost three votes in the Parliament on Brexit-related issues, a humiliation rarely visited upon a prime minister and one that did not bode well for the looming Brexit vote.

"If we go into government straight away we would start negotiating straight away".

"There is no question of her going", Rudd told the BBC.

If the Brexit deal is rejected, ministers have 21 days to state how they intend to proceed.

With the Commons vote on the Withdrawal Agreement increasingly expected to result in it being rejected by MPs, the risk of a no-deal Brexit chaotic Brexit have led to pressure mounting on May to delay the December 11 vote.

Elsewhere in the capital, a rally will be held by the pro-EU Best for Britain and the second referendum campaign the People's Vote, featuring politicians including Lord Heseltine and celebrities such as actors Charles Dance and Jason Isaacs.

Writing in the Telegraph, Mr Quince said: "I wanted to support this Withdrawal Agreement, and I still want to support it, but unless the backstop is addressed to include either an end date or a unilateral exit mechanism, I can not support it and so am resigning from the Government as a Parliamentary Private Secretary".

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