May’s long week­end as she fights to sur­vive

Irish Daily Mail - - News -

THERESA May will de­cide on Mon­day whether to de­lay the crunch Brexit vote amid in­tense pres­sure.

Sev­eral min­is­ters have warned her she is head­ing for a heavy de­feat and urged her to seek fresh con­ces­sions from Brus­sels. They say if she loses the vote by a large mar­gin it will prove fa­tal for her lead­er­ship – and open the door to a softer ‘Nor­way-style’ Brexit.

Last night it was claimed she had been warned by sev­eral Brexit-back­ing aides that they are pre­pared to re­sign on Tues­day un­less there are ma­jor changes to her deal. Junior Trade Sec­re­tary Mike Wood said he would quit and join leavesup­port­ing back­benchers un­less changes were made.

It is un­der­stood that other junior min­is­ters have made sim­i­lar rep­re­sen­ta­tions and more were con­sid­er­ing their po­si­tions. In pub­lic, Down­ing Street con­tin­ued to in­sist yesterday that the vote on the With­drawal Agree­ment would go ahead as planned.

Aides said she would ‘take stock’ over the week­end.

Af­ter a fi­nal me­dia blitz over the next 48 hours, Mrs May will then sit down with her in­ner cir­cle on Mon­day to make the call. Chief Whip Ju­lian Smith will present her with the num­ber of Tory MPs on whose sup­port she can rely. In re­cent weeks more than 100 Tory MPs have sig­nalled their op­po­si­tion.

Pres­sure: Theresa May

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