MPs are calling for a Brexit revolt in a bid to avoid leaving the EU without a deal, as Mrs May faces a deadlock in negotiations around the Irish backstop agreement. Mrs May’s is addressing the Commons today in her latest Brexit update, after returning back from heated negotiations in Brussels and Dublin last week.
The Prime Minister held a series of talks with EU officials in a bid to seek alternative arrangements to the Irish backstop.
She will try and convince MPs to give her two more weeks to finalise an agreement with Brussels and secure a Brexit breakthrough.
On Thursday, MPs will decide whether to authorise another Brexit Commons vote on February 27 if there is no deal.
Taking matters into their own hands, furious ministers want Mrs May to grant Parliamentary time to backbenchers if there is no progress in Brexit talks by the end of the month, allowing them to pass a bill and extend Article 50.
One minister told The Sun: “Just kicking this down the road another two weeks to give us another vote on February 27 is not going to be enough.
“It’s too late for that.”
Under the plan – devised by former Tory minister Sir Oliver Letwin – Tory Remainer Nick Boles will not re-table his amendment with senior Labour MP Yvette Cooper.
Ms Cooper is expected to push an amendment forcing the Government to request an Article 50 delay if a no-deal Brexit is on the cards.
The length of the Article 50 extension will be determined by the PM but approved by the Commons.
Another of the Tory plotters added: “We want to secure a specific commitment from the PM for parliamentary time to make sure February 27 really is high noon.
“If we get it, then there will still time be time to get the Cooper/Boles bill Royal Assent by mid-March, so we won’t need to press a vote on it this week.”
On Monday, around 25 Tory ministers met in secret vowing to block a no-deal Brexit as they pledged their support for the revolt.
Last week, EU negotiator Michel Barnier said talks with Mrs May had been “constructive”, but added it was “clear from our side we’re not going to reopen the withdrawal agreement, but we will continue our discussions in the coming days”.