UN­CIVIL WAR

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

pow­er­ful Com­mons Brexit com­mit­tee will rip her deal to shreds to­day.

And the PM’s claim that her Plan A is the only let­ter in the Cabi­net’s al­pha­bet was un­der­mined by close ally Am­ber Rudd, with a Plan B.

Work and Pen­sions Sec­re­tary Ms Rudd took to the air­waves to pro­claim a Nor­way-plus op­tion. This would see the UK re­tain ac­cess to the EU’s sin­gle mar­ket and also join a cus­toms union.

Ms Rudd says she’s be­hind Mrs May’s plan but told Ra­dio 4: “I’m just point­ing out that if you don’t vote for it, these are the other things that could hap­pen.”

The other things that WOULD hap­pen un­der the Nor­way model are con­tin­u­ing, un­lim­ited EU mi­gra­tion and a hefty an­nual pay­ment to Brus­sels. Brex­i­teers would hit the roof. Even Ms Rudd saw she had gone too far and a DWP of­fi­cial broke pro­to­col by en­ter­ing the political arena.

He sent an ex­tra­or­di­nary press re­lease af­ter Ms Rudd had been on the To­day pro­gramme say­ing: “She is fully be­hind the PM’s Brexit deal and is warn­ing MPs about the po­ten­tial im­pact on jobs of vot­ing against.”

Ms Rudd is one of eight jock­ey­ing for Mrs May’s job. The oth­ers are Boris John­son, Do­minic Raab,

Sa­jid Javid, Jeremy Hunt, Penny Mor­daunt, An­drea Lead­som and Michael Gove.

Com­mons leader Ms Lead­som and Home Sec­re­tary Mr Javid sparked fevered spec­u­la­tion that they would run on a joint ticket by send­ing MPs in­vites to a Christ­mas party to be hosted by them a week to­mor­row.

In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment Sec­re­tary Ms Mor­daunt raised eye­brows when she fol­lowed a dozen lo­cal Tory as­so­ci­a­tions on Twit­ter last week. She would need their back­ing in a lead­er­ship con­test. One MP said her strings A POW­ER­FUL com­mit­tee of MPs to­day sav­ages Theresa May’s Brexit deal as a leap into the un­known.

They say Bri­tain will be un­able to leave the EU on March 29 next year and Ar­ti­cle 50 must be ex­tended.

The MPs – from Labour, the Tories, the Scot­tish and Welsh Nats, Lib

Dems and DUP – all sit on the

Com­mons Brexit com­mit­tee. Their unan­i­mous re­port makes un­com­fort­able read­ing for the

PM this morn­ing.

They have con­sid­ered the two doc­u­ments which Mrs May ne­go­ti­ated with Europe. These are the legally bind­ing with­drawal agree­ment, which can­not be touched, and the political dec­la­ra­tion, which pro­vides a frame­work for our fu­ture EU re­la­tion­ship. The re­port rips both to shreds.

It says: “The PM’s deal fails to of­fer suf­fi­cient clar­ity or cer­tainty for the fu­ture of the UK.”

The com­mit­tee chair­man, for­mer shadow For­eign were be­ing pulled by En­vi­ron­ment Sec­re­tary Michael Gove in re­turn for a prom­ise to make him Chan­cel­lor.

Jeremy Cor­byn is now try­ing to forge a deal be­tween Labour, rebel Tories and the DUP which would see Mrs May top­pled.

Par­lia­men­tary num­ber-crunch­ers say that if they all ganged up on the PM, she would lose a con­fi­dence vote by ONE – 313 votes to 312. And that’s if all Tory MPs stay loyal.

Mrs May would then have 14 days to win an­other con­fi­dence vote but as the dead­line lands on Christ­mas Day the process would most likely be wrapped up be­fore the Par­lia­men­tary re­cess be­gins on De­cem­ber 20.

If Mrs May loses a fi­nal con­fi­dence vote, and Mr Cor­byn does not be­come PM by win­ning one, there would have to be a Gen­eral Elec­tion on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10 – and no one wants that. There will be 12 amend­ments to the Sec­re­tary Hi­lary Benn, says: “It’s be­cause the Gov­ern­ment re­fused to face up to hard choices that this deal rep­re­sents a huge step into the un­known.”

The political dec­la­ra­tion is slammed for not giv­ing UK busi­ness any idea of what awaits it ten years from now.

And the MPs warn that ac­ti­va­tion of the Ir­ish back­stop would set up bar­ri­ers to UK-EU trade, bring­ing “the threat of sig­nif­i­cant eco­nomic dis­rup­tion”.

They say no fu­ture deal with the EU can be cer­tain be­cause any one of the re­main­ing 27 mem­ber states can veto it.

Mr Benn’s com­mit­tee says the PM must es­tab­lish how far the deal will fol­low EU rules to main­tain fric­tion­less trade. The re­port adds: “It’s not a choice the Gov­ern­ment is so far will­ing to make.”

With so much still to be de­cided, Brexit will have to be post­poned, the MPs say.

They de­clare: “The Brexit process will not be con­cluded by March 2019.” main mo­tion on Tues­day but the Speaker will se­lect no more than six.

They will range from stay­ing in a per­ma­nent cus­toms union to can­celling Ar­ti­cle 50 which takes us out of the EU on March 29 next year.

Tories Heidi Allen and Sarah Wol­las­ton yes­ter­day told the Sun­day Mir­ror they will ta­ble pro­pos­als for a sec­ond ref­er­en­dum im­me­di­ately Mrs May with­draws the vote, or loses it.

Tory grandee Lord Heseltine yes­ter­day be­came the lat­est big beast to back a Peo­ple’s Vote. The for­mer Deputy PM said: “Our op­po­nents are call­ing us traitors. But we are the Bri­tish pa­tri­ots.”

Mrs May was hit by an­other Brexit res­ig­na­tion last night when Will Quince quit as Par­lia­men­tary aide to De­fence Sec­re­tary Gavin Wil­liamson.

Our op­po­nents are call­ing us traitors. But we are the Bri­tish pa­tri­ots

LORD HESELTINE , DE­MAND­ING A PEO­PLE’S VOTE

BREXIT BLOCK Sign of the times at Parliament AT­TACK Com­mit­tee’s chair­man Hi­lary Benn

OFF-MESSAGE Pen­sions Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd

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