Theresa May will today face her fractured cabinet and will promise them a free vote on a second referendum or revoking Article 50 to stop Parliament taking control of Brexit and killing off her deal. The Prime Minister is still resisting pressure to reveal when she will quit in return for support for her EU divorce deal from Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg and other Eurosceptic Tories. Mrs May met the Tory party’s most influential Brexiteers at Chequers yesterday and apparently told them they have 24 hours to back the deal or she will allow Parliament to swing towards a softer Brexit. Insiders say her strategy is to scare rebels into back her deal at the 11th hour. Mrs May is expected to hold a vote to gauge support among MPs for the seven main paths for Brexit: The PM’s deal, No Deal, a second referendum, Labour’s preferred customs union deal, a Norway-plus EEA deal, a Canada-plus free trade deal or revoking Article 50 and staying in the EU. Brexiteers accused her of ‘declaring war’ because the series of votes would give control to Parliament, where the majority of MPs are remainers who want the softest possible Brexit or no Brexit at all. Today International… Read full this story
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