THERESA May is STILL trying to win over the DUP and force her Brexit deal through the Commons tomorrow.
The PM’s daring gamble of promising to quit if her deal passes flopped after Arlene Foster said her party won’t back it.
But Mrs May hasn’t given up on the idea of holding a third vote on the deal tomorrow – the day Britain was supposed to leave the EU.
Her aides are locked in talks with the Unionists to try and persuade them the withdrawal agreement won’t divide the UK.
A source told the Daily Mail: “They are tough negotiators. It’s not over yet.”
The key could be a so-called “Stormont lock” which guarantees that Northern Ireland and Great Britain will never diverge without the say-so of Belfast’s politicians.
Jacob Rees-Mogg, the top Brexiteer who’s close to the DUP, said: “I think the issue really is whether something could be done in the Withdrawal Bill that would reassure them.
“The United Kingdom could decide to continue to have the same law as in Northern Ireland – and if that were put in statute, that might satisfy the DUP.”
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Mrs May told Tory MPs last night she would leave as soon as Brexit is delivered.
The desperate move instantly succeeded in winning over Brexiteer big beasts including Boris Johnson and Iain Duncan Smith.
But within hours, DUP boss Mrs Foster dashed the PM’s hopes, saying her ten MPs would block any attempt to force the deal through this week.
Without the backing of the Unionists, it’s almost impossible for the Government to succeed in the Commons.
At least 15 hardline Tories – dubbed “The Spartans” – are likely to vote against the deal no matter what.
If the PM’s deal doesn’t make it through Parliament this week, Brexit will be plunged into further uncertainty.
Although the legal default will remain No Deal on April 12, Parliament is almost certain to force through a delay of around a year.
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In a sign of the ongoing chaos, MPs last night voted on eight different Brexit outcomes – and rejected each one of them.
Damian Green, one of Mrs May’s closest allies, suggested the PM would stay in office if her deal collapsed.
He said: “She sees it as her great duty to get a Brexit deal, so she will carry on as long as she is Prime Minister doing that.”
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