Theresa May could fly to Brussels in next 48 HOURS to save Brexit after angry cabinet demand Plan B

Cabinet ministers rounded on the Prime Minister last night in emergency talks in Downing Street as a humiliating defeat crept closer.

Ministers including Amber Rudd, Andrea Leadsom, Liam Fox and Gavin Williamson offered up several options for what Mrs May could do next, but were met with a "non-committal reply".

One option was for Mrs May to fly to Brussels before the vote to persuade the EU that her deal is doomed without fresh concessions.

The ministers also discussed postponing the vote so Mrs May could ask the EU for more concessions next week, or until January to get time to re-open the talks.

A source told The Sun: “There was a general agreement we can’t lose a vote by 200. But there was dismay that the PM didn’t put her cards on the table.

“Amber [Rudd] asked her outright what she wants to do – and she didn’t say a thing.”

Another option is to table changes to the vote to promise MPs more say over what happens next with Brexit – as Mrs May hinted yesterday.

Speaking to the BBC she said she could give MPs a choice over whether to enter the hated Northern Ireland backstop if we didn't get a deal, or extend the transition period until an agreement could be reached.

But already MPs have slapped it down, saying it's impossible and wouldn't be legally binding.

Meanwhile, the Chief Whip Julian Smith admitted for the first time that he was facing a struggle, and next week's crunch Commons showdown could be lost.

He told ITV: "As you know, I've got an uphill challenge," but said there was "no plan" if Mrs May loses.

And he added: "It's a 24/7 job at the moment – I have to say I sleep very little and Brexit is always on my mind," he said.

The news came as:

  • Jeremy Corbyn gave his strongest hint yet he will back a second referendum on Brexit
  • Tories launched another bid to get MPs on side by proposing that the backstop is limited to just a year
  • Ex-Cabinet minister Esther McVey said her colleagues "crumbled" around her over the deal
  • The PM gave a hint she could resign if she loses next week's Commons vote
  • Last night backbench boss Sir Graham Brady urged Mrs May to delay the vote or face the chop from MPs
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Jeremy Corbyn gave his strongest hint yet he would back a second vote on Brexit

Tory last-ditch bid to limit backstop to a year flops as Brexiteers slap it down

ANOTHER last-minute Tory plan to win over MPs has flopped as Brexiteers slammed it.

A backbench tweak to the Brexit bill – which is understood to have the backing of No10 – offered MPs more of a say on the hated Nothern Ireland backstop.

It would limit it to only a year if MPs voted on it, and would give the devolved administrations more day in the process too.

The move was tabled by ex-Northern Ireland minister Hugo Swire.

But immediately it was slapped down, with the DUP's Arlene Foster dismissing it as "legistlative tinkering".

Brexiteers branded it "desperate".

Steve Baker said: "Giving Parliament the choice between the devil and the deep blue sea is desperate and will persuade very few."

Sir Graham Brady – the MP who guards no confidence letters – said the PM had to find a way Britain can leave the post-Brexit ‘backstop’ by itself or face inevitable defeat on December 11.

In an explosive intervention he said: “I think it would be perfectly sensible to delay for a few days.”

He added: “There is no point in ploughing ahead and losing the vote heavily.”

Downing Street has said there are no plans to change the timing of the vote on December 11.

Today 30 of Mrs May's ministers will embark on a nationwide blitz to sell the deal to small businesses and other organisations across the country.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss will take a trip to a local butchers, Brexit boss Stephen Barclay will go to an engineering firm, and Matt Hancock will go to a hospital in Portsmouth.

Mrs May said ahead of the visit: "Overwhelmingly, the message I’ve heard is that people want us to get on with it. And that’s why it’s important that ministers are out speaking with communities across the UK today about how the deal works for them."

Meanwhile, the PM herself will spend the day in her Maidstone constituency giving out leaflets.

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