Labour and Tory re­main­ers aim to re­voke Ar­ti­cle 50 as May faces vote hu­mil­i­a­tion

Sunday Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - News - EX­CLU­SIVE BY NIGEL NEL­SON Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

LABOUR is get­ting ready to unite with Tory Re­main­ers to sab­o­tage Brexit.

And a highly-placed No10 source said: “No Brexit is now more likely than No Deal.”

Theresa May is pin­ning her hopes on an 11th-hour prom­ise from the EU to­mor­row that the con­tro­ver­sial Ir­ish back­stop will be only tem­po­rary.

But as this pledge will not be le­gally bind­ing the PM faces cer­tain de­feat when MPs vote on her with­drawal deal on Tues­day.

Tory Brex­i­teers pre­dict she will lose by more than 200.

Jeremy Cor­byn would pre­fer to force a Gen­eral Elec­tion by win­ning a vote of no con­fi­dence in the Gov­ern­ment. But Tory loy­al­ists, rebels and the DUP will bury dif­fer­ences to stop him.

Mrs May, pic­tured above right, told to­day’s Sun­day Ex­press: “I face a Labour leader more con­cerned with play­ing pol­i­tics than act­ing in the best in­ter­ests of our coun­try. He wants to reck­lessly sow the seeds of divi­sion in a bid to boost his own ca­reer.”

Plan B for Mr Cor­byn is to stop No Deal, which would be the re­sult of MPs dump­ing Mrs May’s deal. That would mean unit­ing with Tory Re­main­ers, SNP and Lib Dems to re­voke Ar­ti­cle 50, which takes us out of the EU on March 29.

Mrs May added: “With MPs un­will­ing to face the uncer­tainty of no deal and with no other of­fer on the ta­ble, we will risk not leav­ing the EU at all.”

The Par­lia­men­tary process for scrap­ping Ar­ti­cle 50 is not clear, but se­nior Tory and Labour MPs be­lieve it is achiev­able. A Labour source said: “That is the di­rec­tion this is now head­ing.”

The EU is adamant the deal on the ta­ble is the only one on of­fer. And noth­ing would de­light its lead­ers more than for the UK to ditch Brexit. A se­nior White­hall source said: “All the EU has to do is sit on its hands while we tear our­selves apart.”

Even if Mrs May mirac­u­lously won the vote, Ar­ti­cle 50 might still have to be postponed.

There are doubts whether six es­sen­tial pieces of Brexit leg­is­la­tion and 300 smaller changes can be rail­roaded through Par­lia­ment in the 75 days left be­fore we leave.

A No10 source said: “We will do all it takes to get leg­is­la­tion through in time.”

DEMO Left-wing march in Lon­don yes­ter­day

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