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Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY NIGEL NEL­SON Political Ed­i­tor

THERESA May is to­day ag­o­nis­ing over whether to pull Tues­day’s big Brexit vote to save her skin.

Or she could charge ahead de­spite cer­tain de­feat and risk her premier­ship crash­ing in flames this week.

Al­though cold-call­ing is banned in the Berk­shire vil­lage of Son­ning where she lives, the PM is hit­ting the phones to­day, des­per­ately try­ing to per­suade wa­ver­ing MPs to back her Brexit with­drawal plan.

Labour, SNP, DUP, other op­po­si­tion MPs and at least 106 Tories are adamant that they will vote against her – and a con­fi­dence vote in the Gov­ern­ment could fol­low im­me­di­ately.

De­spite Cabi­net min­is­ters and back­bench shop stew­ard Sir Gra­ham Brady plead­ing for de­lay, Mrs May stub­bornly main­tains in pub­lic that the vote will take place at 8.30pm on Tues­day, even though she will be cru­ci­fied. A No 10 source said it is “one hun­dred per cent cer­tain” the di­vi­sion will go ahead on Tues­day, ad­ding: “We are a hun­dred per cent fo­cussed on win­ning it.”

Di­vi­sions in the Tory party are al­ready en­trenched and MPs re­fer to each other by the C-word as of­ten as they use Chris­tian names.

The at­mos­phere in the Com­mons Tea Room is so toxic, many MPs avoid it.

Brex­i­teer Tory An­drew Brid­gen says party deputy chair­man James Clev­erly gave him a friendly man­hug when they met at Lon­don’s Carl­ton Club last week.

But Mr Brid­gen claims wit­nesses told him later that the mo­ment he popped to the loo, Mr Clev­erly bad­mouthed him be­hind his back.

Mr Clev­erly did not com­ment but Mr Brid­gen said: “The whole Tory party is now en­gaged in wag­ing an un­civil war.”

Mrs May had an­other bad day yes­ter­day, though it would only be news if she had a good one. She learned the

DE­FI­ANT Mrs May in­sists vote goes aheadSPLIT An­drew Brid­gen, left, claims James Clev­erly bad­mouthed him be­hind his back

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