THERESA May is today poised to take a No Deal Brexit off the table – in a desperate bid to avoid a mass Tory walkout.
More than a dozen ministers including Amber Rudd could quit tomorrow in order to back a pro-Remain plot to block No Deal.
AP:Associated Press Theresa May could give MPs the chance to block a No Deal Brexit
The PM will make a statement in the Commons this afternoon where she’s expected to reveal plans to hand control of Brexit to MPs.
Mrs May is likely to say that if she fails to get her deal through Parliament next month, MPs will get a further vote on whether or not to go for a No Deal Brexit.
The move could enrage Brexiteers who insist No Deal must remain an option in order to keep Britain’s leverage in talks with Brussels.
But the PM has been forced into the radical step as she faces a mass revolt from Tories who are opposed to No Deal.
Tomorrow the Commons will vote on a motion tabled by Labour’s Yvette Cooper and Tory veteran Oliver Letwin.
The amendment would give MPs the power to delay Brexit by three months instead of leaving without a deal on March 29.
Multiple ministers have warned Mrs May they intend to vote for Ms Cooper’s amendment if she doesn’t give them an alternative way to block No Deal.
Business Minister Richard Harrington said “warm words” from the PM wouldn’t be enough.
He told the BBC Mrs May had to make clear she was prepared to take No Deal off the table and have a “short extension” to Article 50.
Margot James, one of the rebel ringleaders, added: “All of us were agreed that we couldn’t be part of a government that allowed the country to leave the EU without a deal.
“As D-day approaches, I think we felt honour-bound to actually do something to help prevent such catastrophe.”
Amber Rudd has refused to rule out resigning in order to vote for the Cooper amendment.
She said this morning: “I’m looking forward to working with my colleagues today to try and get the good deal this country needs to leave the European Union.
“I’m going to be listening to the Prime Minister, I’m going to be backing her to make sure that we get the deal and help it through the House of Commons.”
Civil servants have warned that the Cooper amendment would be an unprecedented power grab by Parliament, taking control of the Government away from ministers and putting it in the hands of MPs.
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Mrs May has promised to hold a second “meaningful vote” on her Brexit deal by March 12.
Today her deputy David Lidington hinted the showdown could be as soon as next week.
The PM’s legal chief Geoffrey Cox is in Brussels today trying to secure changes to the Irish backstop which could win over Brexiteers.
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