Brexit: PM says MPs have 'one last chance' to back her deal

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Making her pitch to Parliament Tuesday afternoon to pass her thrice-rejected Withdrawal Agreement when it is put before the house for a fourth time next month, embattled British Prime Minister offered a second referendum as a bribe to buy votes from her political colleagues.

Iain Duncan Smith said it left the EU "firmly in control of our destiny" while Anne-Marie Trevelyan accused Mrs May of "trying to ram her botched deal through on Labour votes by keeping us in the customs union and allowing Brussels to dictate our future trade policy".

May promised that Britain would maintain high standards on workers' rights and environmental protections - both Labour priorities - and said United Kingdom lawmakers would get to decide on what customs arrangements should be in place to ensure "as close as possible to frictionless trade" between Britain and the EU.

Most MPs in parliament have always opposed an exit from the European Union and many are vociferously against a WTO-style Brexit so when faced with a choice between the latter, a politically explosive decision to revoke Article 50 and supporting the PM, some of them could well choose to back the Prime Minister's agreement.

Indications that Prime MInister Theresa May could resign for office as early as June have also focussed minds on a new Brexit "hawk" succeeding her.

May's hands have been tied, knowing that to make concessions to Labour would lead to fury in her divided party.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said talks had "gone as far as they can" and Mrs May said the lack of common ground had made talks "difficult".

"I say with conviction to every MP of every party: I have compromised, now I ask you to compromise", she said.

Also on Monday night, Lord Heseltine, one of the leading pro-Europeans in the Tory ranks, had the whip suspended after saying he would vote Liberal Democrat in Thursday's European elections.

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And Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, which props up Mrs May's Government, said the "fatal flaws" of her original deal remained.

At the time, Mr Johnson said: "I have come to the sad conclusion that neither this government nor this parliament is willing to leave with no deal".

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"I will not be simply asking MPs to think again".

Regardless of how the vote goes, she will then meet the chairman of the Tory backbench 1922 Committee, Sir Graham Brady, to agree a timetable to elect her successor as party leader, paving the way for her departure from No 10.

Many businesses oppose Brexit and hope that the two sides can preserve much closer ties.

May has pledged a "bold, new offer" to try to win Labour support for the agreement, reported to centre on employment rights and environmental standards.

Britain's labyrinthine crisis over Brexit has stunned allies and foes alike, and with deadlock in London, the world's fifth largest economy faces an array of options including an exit with a deal to smooth the transition, a no-deal exit, an election or a second referendum.

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