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PRI­VATE polling car­ried out for the Con­ser­va­tive Party has re­vealed that if Tory

MPs re­ject Theresa May’s deal, it could cost the party dozens of seats.

Ac­cord­ing to last week’s poll, the peo­ple who voted Con­ser­va­tive in 2017 back the deal by more than two to one. Of those who sup­ported Leave, al­most half sup­port the With­drawal Agree­ment.

But one in 10 vot­ers said they would aban­don the party if the deal does not go through. This rose to one in seven in key mar­ginal ar­eas, putting 48 seats at risk.

The re­search also found that Tory MPs who fail to back the deal could be pun­ished by vot­ers. MPs would have 14 days to find a new gov­ern­ment. If the Con­ser­va­tives can­not put some­one for­ward to form a gov­ern­ment then the Queen con­sti­tu­tion­ally can ask Mr Cor­byn as leader of the Op­po­si­tion.

It means that the Com­mons may have to sit on Christ­mas Day to de­cide who gov­erns Bri­tain.

Re­ports over the week­end have sug­gested that an­other plan would be a cen­sure mo­tion – in ef­fect a vote of con­fi­dence against Mrs May rather

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