Theresa May presses on with Brexit vote as MPs demand better deal

Theresa May to address Parliament on Brexit amid reports key vote will be postponed

Theresa May to address Parliament on Brexit amid reports key vote will be postponed

Mrs May warned Tory would-be rebels the country would be in "uncharted waters" if the deal is rejected.

However she said should the deal be voted down, she would prefer a so-called Norway Plus model for Brexit that would involve staying part of the European Economic Area.

"We have a leader of the Opposition who thinks of nothing but attempting to bring about a general election, no matter what the cost to the country".

Senior Tories and aides to the Prime Minister warned that she has to fight for a deal that Breixteers are satisfied with - or risk a defeat that could see her ousted from office by Christmas.

MPs are voting on the Prime Minister's Brexit deal in the "meaningful vote" promised in a government concession previous year.

Will Quince, a ministerial aide to Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson, hit out at the backstop plan to avoid a hard border with Ireland, saying it could result in the United Kingdom being "tied to the negotiating table for years, until we agree to anything in desperation" to get out of the situation.

Rudd also said she would not rule out a second referendum and suggested she would back remaining in the European Union if one was held.

Former cabinet minister Priti Patel told The Times there was still time for Mrs May to push for "a better deal".

Round-the-world British sailor being rescued at sea after losing mast
Goodall, the youngest competitor and only woman in the 30,000-mile Golden Globe Race , suffered cuts and bruises in the wreck. She returned the boat to Rustler Yachts in Falmouth where it was refitted, and then renamed DHL Starlight .

The current proposal is expected to be defeated in Parliament by a large margin.

On the subject of a second referendum, Ms Rudd said she "can't understand the hysteria around a People's Vote if you believe in what you are trying to propose".

"It's a well-intentioned compromise but it's not going to deal with the crisis we now have".

Preparations should also be stepped up for a no-deal Brexit, he said.

But when asked to give an "absolute, categorical promise" that he would not stand against the prime minister, Mr Johnson told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "I will give you an absolute, categorical promise that I will continue to advocate what I think is the most sensible plan".

Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt have also been touted as a potential joint ticket.

In particular, the issue of Northern Ireland's status as a customs union "backstop" has angered many who previously supported May, including a pro-Brexit MP for Colchester, Will Quince, who unexpectedly withdrew his vote.

Three were arrested at a "Brexit betrayal" march featuring controversial activist Tommy Robinson, while counter-protests were held by anti-fascist groups.

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