Johnson warns of European Union 'blackmail' risk under May's Brexit deal

Brexit what happens next

Brexit what happens next

That would likely spark panic in the markets and ramp up pressure on MPs to support Mrs May's deal.

Several lawmakers, including the DUP's leader in the British parliament, Nigel Dodds, and former Brexit minister Dominic Raab, on Sunday called for May to go back to Brussels and seek to renegotiate the deal.

In the latest blow to her efforts to win parliament's backing, May's deal was condemned as "a huge step into the unknown" by a cross-party committee of lawmakers.

"The vote is on Tuesday, that is what we are focused on", Brexit minister Stephen Barclay told BBC TV on Sunday.

So, in typically British fashion, a lot of people have organised the Prime Minister's "leaving drinks" in case she hasn't done enough to convince her fellow politicians. Some cabinet ministers now believe that May is so wedded to her Brexit deal that her only method of gaining approval will be through another referendum - and that the arguments for a second vote are emerging as stronger than those for a soft Brexit.

Setting out his alternative vision, he said the United Kingdom should not pay the promised £39 billion divorce bill to Brussels until the United Kingdom is allowed out of the backstop and a future trade deal is agreed. To the east of the city the "People's Vote" group held a rally calling for a second referendum.

She could, at best, find herself having to come up with a new plan for MPs to vote on, or facing the unsavoury prospect of a no-deal Brexit.

But Tory MP Johnny Mercer, a former soldier, told BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour: "It would be pretty disheartening to see the Government pull this vote on Tuesday because it indicates a lack of appetite for the fight that is needed to gain respect in these situations".

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Setting out an alternative plan before tomorrow's crucial vote on the withdrawal agreement, he said: "We should..."

There are 40 backbench Conservative MPs and as many as 21 have indicated that they will not support the European Union deal when it comes to the vote on Tuesday.

Meanwhile Defence Minister Tobias Ellwood said he would back the deal - but indicated that unless it was passed quickly he might support a second referendum because the original decision to Leave may "no longer represent a reflection of current intent".

The newspaper also said three ministers were considering resigning in opposition to her deal, without citing sources.

Mrs May's spokesman said on Friday the vote would go ahead next week despite calls from some lawmakers for it to be delayed to avoid a defeat so big that it might bring down the government.

Mr Trickett said organising and passing legislation for a vote might take until May or June next year - after the UK's intended departure from the European Union on March 29, 2019.

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