Brexit: What are the options for MPs?

Brexit: What are the options for MPs?

A senior Labour source said: "We're backing the Cooper amendment to reduce the threat of the chaos of a no-deal exit".

The prime minister's official spokesman said it will be followed "as soon as possible" by a second meaningful vote on whatever deal has been secured with Brussels.

On what has been dubbed "Super Tuesday" by more enthusiastic Brexit-watchers, May will present an amended version of her Brexit deal in Parliament on Tuesday which is expected to focus on alterations to the contentious "backstop" policy aimed at preventing a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

The Prime Minister is set to ask the European Union re-open the withdrawal agreement, it has emerged.

The plan is said to have been relatively warmly received by Conservative MPs across the Brexit divide.

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"What a cunning plan", one European Union official is said to have remarked sarcastically, while an European Union diplomat was reported to have said, "This is just nonsense", according to The Guardian.

The plan has emerged from talks between former Tory Remainers including current ministers and ex-Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, and hardline Brexiteers from the eurosceptic European Research Group (ERG) including Jacob Rees-Mogg and Steve Baker.

However, Weyand echoed her boss Michel Barnier in saying that Britain could resolve some of the problems caused by opposition to the Irish backstop by changing some of its demands on post-Brexit trade.

"We have seen the German economy weakening, we have seen the French economy weakening", he said.

But anonymous European Union officials have ridiculed the idea, with one telling the Guardian: "This is just nonsense". That means Tuesday's votes could be a little easier for her.

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Dr Fox said that MPs' backing for the Brady amendment would strengthen the Prime Minister's hand.

He claimed the change to the deal would include a form of time limit or exit mechanism that would allow the United Kingdom to "free" itself from the agreement.

She hopes that if she succeeds it will give her a mandate to wring concessions from Brussels over the most controversial element of the divorce deal.

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"We believe it can unify a number of strands in the Brexit debate including the views of Remainers and Leavers", she said.

Brexit figurehead Boris Johnson has said he is ready to back a compromise plan to salvage Theresa May's European Union withdrawal deal.

Amendments have been tacked on to the Labour push, with the Liberal Democrats calling for Remain to be on the ballot paper in any referendum, and Labour backbenchers urging Parliament to legislate for a public vote.

May's so-called Irish backstop was the reason why, with the arrangement causing widespread dismay across all parties.

MPs will vote on Tuesday on a range of amendments to Mrs May's Brexit plans, including some which would block a no-deal departure and others which seek to salvage the PM's Withdrawal Agreement by changing the terms of the backstop to keep the Irish border open. Lawmakers in her own party want her to demand a last-minute change to the withdrawal deal to remove the backstop, which they fear could end up trapping the United Kingdom in a permanent customs union with the EU.

"But what we need is to achieve something legally binding - and that means part of the Withdrawal Agreement".

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