PM Theresa May faces challenge despite securing key Brexit changes

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The government was even weighing up whether to scrap Tuesday's planned vote on the basis that no significant changes had been secured.

Prime Minister Theresa May rushed to Strasbourg on Monday for last-minute talks with European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in a bid to salvage the Brexit deal, with British MPs set to vote Tuesday on whether to accept the withdrawal agreement.

But the great majority of lawmakers, including most Conservative members of Parliament, will vote against a no-deal Brexit because they believe it would be economically damaging and disruptive.

Nick Boles, a leading Conservative pushing the government to rule out a no-deal Brexit, warned May that she would "forfeit the confidence of the House of Commons" if she failed to put it to a vote.

If lawmakers vote down May's deal, she has promised a vote on Wednesday on whether to leave without a deal and, if they reject that, then a vote on whether to ask for a limited delay to Brexit.

However, "the legal risk remains unchanged" that Britain, without being able to prove bad faith on behalf of the European Union, would have no legal means of exiting the backstop without the agreement of Brussels. The U.K. would enter a transition period that would last through the end of 2020.

However, even if the Article 50 - the notification that Britain will leave the European Union - extension is granted, Juncker said last night that "it's this deal or Brexit might not happen at all".

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Speaking in the House of Commons as May announced the agreement, Cabinet Office minister and her de-facto deputy David Lidington said MPs would face a "fundamental choice" later today "to vote for the improved deal or to plunge this country into a political crisis".

'I would therefore like British MPs to support the measures, which are both British and European and which have taken form in agreed texts, an agreement at EU level'.

Other EU nations had urged British politicians to seize the chance to back the deal and ensure an orderly departure.

Many Eurosceptic Conservatives are likely to follow the lead of the Democratic Unionists, but Nigel Dodds, the DUP Westminster leader, requested more information about an "extremely important" third element of negotiations which had not yet been completed - a unilateral political declaration by the United Kingdom that the backstop was not binding.

Sterling also fell two cents against from £1.32 to £1.30 against the dollar.

Given the low likelihood of that happening, the EU might propose a much longer extension, presumably with the United Kingdom parties suddenly having to find candidates to field in the imminent European Parliament elections. He also said it was now "time for a general election".

"I am actually considering never voting again, quite honestly, because I am beginning to feel that there is no point in it", she said.

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