Theresa May wins Brexit assurances from European Union on eve of crucial vote

The European Parliament will stand by Ireland and the need to safeguard the Good Friday agreement, the parliament's Brexit pointman Guy Verhofstadt said on Monday before meeting British Prime Minister Theresa May in Strasbourg.

Ms Morgan's comments came after Dominic Raab, the former Brexit secretary, said Mrs May could be ousted if her deal fell and Parliament voted to delay Article 50 and the UK's exit from the EU.

Lidington said the sides had agreed a joint legally binding instrument that commits both sides to work to replace the backstop with alternative arrangements by December 2020.

Senior EU and European government officials warned today that Mrs May will lose credibility with Brussels' leaders should she attempt to use the Commons vote to score backing for compromises to the deal that the EU has already rejected, according to BuzzFeed News.

But Mrs May's official spokesman confirmed it remains the plan to stage the "meaningful vote" on the Brexit deal on Tuesday.

Ex-cabinet minister Nicky Morgan said Mrs May's position would become untenable if parliament "dismantled" her Brexit policy in a series of votes during the course of the week.

"If the votes go this week in a way which means that the Prime Minister's policy as she has set out and stuck rigidly to over the course of the last two and bit a years is taken away, dismantled slowly by Parliament this week, I think it would be very hard for the Prime Minister to stay in office for very much longer", she told the BBC.

Mrs May has so far given no indication which way she would vote or whether Tory MPs would be whipped to back the Government line.

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The Prime Minister was still hoping for enough progress on Sunday night to be made in talks to justify a dash to the Continent to thrash out any last-minute changes to contentious Irish backstop that has been at the heart of the impasse in negotiations.

"I think it's very important that if we're going to get the deal we want, we keep no-deal on the table", he told BBC1's The Andrew Marr Show.

"Accountability for the complete mess we are in lies with her", he said.

He said that if Brexit was derailed, voters would hold the Conservatives responsible for failing to deliver on the outcome of the 2016 referendum.

The changes address the most contentious part of the divorce deal she agreed in November - the insurance policy aimed at avoiding controls on the sensitive border between the British province of Northern Ireland and European Union member Ireland.

Steve Baker, the deputy chairman of the pro-Brexit Tory European Research Group, retorted that it would be the Remainers to blame if Brexit was halted.

Mrs May has been told by Brexiteers that rejection of the Withdrawal Agreement is "inevitable" unless there are significant changes to the Northern Ireland backstop.

Asked if the PM had considered resigning if her deal was defeated on Tuesday, her spokesman said he had not discussed the matter with Mrs May, but added: "I have seen nothing at all to suggest that".

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